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Ontwikkelingen in de sterfte aan kanker en andere chronische aandoeningen.

Velden, L.F.J. van der, Francke, A.L., Hingstman, L., Willems, D.L. Ontwikkelingen in de sterfte aan kanker en andere chronische aandoeningen. TSG: Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidswetenschappen: 2008, 86(7), 399-404
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Background: For palliative care, it is relevant to have insight into non-acute mortality. A study is performed to gain insight into the proportion of deaths caused by chronic diseases, the share of specific diseases within the non-acute deaths and the place of death. Methods: Analysis of death statistics of CBS (Statistics Netherlands). Results: In 2006, 135,000 people died of which 73,000 (or 54%) died from a chronic disease. Cancer was the most frequent diagnosis (40,000 deaths). Stroke (after correction for acute deaths), COPD, dementia and hart failure were each responsible for about 6,000 deaths in 2006. Nearly 90% of the people who died were of Dutch origin, 8% were western immigrants and 2% were non-western immigrants. About one-third of the people died at home, 27% in a hospital, 25% in a nursing home and 15% somewhere else. Compared to 1996, death caused by chronic diseases has risen by around 0,7% every year. Conclusion: We expect a further increase of the total number of non-acute deaths in the Netherlands. The number of non-western immigrants dying caused by a chronic disease is expected to increase.(aut. ref.)