Journal article

Using cohort studies to estimate mortality among injecting drug users that is not attributable to AIDS

L Degenhardt, W Hall, M Warner-Smith

Sexually Transmitted Infections | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Injecting drug use (IDU) and associated mortality appear to be increasing in many parts of the world. IDU is an important factor in HIV transmission. In estimating AIDS mortality attributable to IDU, it is important to take account of premature mortality rates from other causes to ensure that AIDS related mortality among injecting drug users (IDUs) is not overestimated. The current review provides estimates of the excess non-AIDS mortality among IDUs. METHOD: Searches were conducted with Medline, PsycINFO, and the Web of Science. The authors also searched reference lists of identified papers and an earlier literature review by English et al (1995). Crude mortality rates (CMRs) we..

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