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Maps of premature deaths across England will help tackle variation, say public health chiefs

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3796 (Published 11 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3796
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Wide variation between local authority areas in England in numbers of avoidable premature deaths, independent of levels of social deprivation, has been shown by a new website launched by Public Health England today.

The Longer Lives website (longerlives.phe.org.uk) uses data from the government’s Public Health Outcomes Framework to map the overall rate of premature death in local authorities across England and also gives specific rates for the four major causes of premature death: cancer, heart disease and stroke, lung disease, and liver disease. These four conditions are responsible for 75% of the 153 000 premature deaths that occur each year in England.

John Newton, chief knowledge officer at Public Health England, said that around 103 000 of these deaths were avoidable because the conditions could have been either better treated or prevented by reducing risk factors such as obesity, alcohol consumption, smoking, and inactivity …

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