Mortality: Comparison of some epidemiological measures

S. Guercilena, C. Zocchetti, A. C. Pesatori

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SMR (Standardized Mortality Ratio) is a useful epidemiological measure but it cannot be computed when person-years distributions (denominators) are not available. In this situation PMR (Proportionalte Mortality Ratio) and MOR (Mortality Odds Ratio) represent possible alternatives. Definitons of PMR and MOR are presented, and properties and drawbacks of these measures are discussed in relation to SMR's estimates. Fictitious data representing factual situations are used as working examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-347
Number of pages7
JournalMedicina del Lavoro
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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