1 Department of Health Management, Faculty of Health Sciences, European University of Lefke, Lefke, Northern Cyprus, TR-10 Mersin, Turkey
2 Department of Health Management, Faculty of Health Sciences, Near East University, Near East Boulevard, Nicosia, Northern Cyprus, TRNC Mersin 10, Turkey
Reporting the causes of deaths completely and correctly is important to develop interventions for reducing death rates in populations.
This study aimed to evaluate the death rates, major causes of deaths and accuracy of recording of death causes in Northern Cyprus between 2007 and 2016.
Data on death rates and causes of deaths between 2007 and 2016 were collected. The data were analyzed using SPSS 23 vs to determine the trends in death rates and to evaluate the ranking of causes of deaths.
There was an overall decrease in crude death rates between 2007 and 2016. The proportion of deaths in Northern Cyprus varied in terms of gender and age between 2007 and 2016, with death rates greater in males compared to females (1.89 times greater in 2007) and with higher death rates in people of older ages compared to younger people. The most common cause of death was ischemic heart diseases in all years, except in 2008, where senility was reported as the most common cause of death.
There were decreasing trends in mortality rates in Northern Cyprus, with ischemic heart diseases reported as the top cause of deaths in the population. Accurate and complete reporting must be ensured for effective health policies and reduction of health expenditures.
Keywords: Accuracy, Causes, Mortality rate, North Cyprus, Reporting, Trends.
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