I suppose we are left to figure out the health statistic among the results by comparing the grey-shaded area? I think of this as more of an ‘idiot-statistic’ since we clearly outperform in ‘traffic accidents + violence’ …
Kevin, I registered at Lancet, but that article is (as far as I can tell) just about data sources for the health of 10-24 year olds. The data for the Economist’s table is not in that article. What am I missing?
In 2007, the latest year for which data are available, 13,299 adolescents aged 15 to 19 years died of various causes, representing a rate of 61.9 per 100,000. Unintentional injury was the leading cause of death, followed by homicide, suicide, cancer, and heart disease. Together, these causes account for 84.3 percent of deaths in this age group, although nearly half of all adolescent deaths are attributable to unintentional injury.
Leading Causes of Death Among Adolescents Aged 15-19 Years, by Sex, 2007
Percent of deaths among adolescent males:
Unintentional injury: 47.5
Heart disease: 2.4
All others*: 12.9
Percent of deaths among adolescent females:
*Includes congenital anomalies, cerebrovascular diseases, chronic lower respiratory disease (males), pregnancy and childbirth (females), diabetes (males), influenza and pneumonia (females), septicemia, and all other causes not specified
I think that you could maybe make an argument that suicide is covered by mental health treatment, although I’m not sure that there is much evidence of a strong treatment effect. But it is a very expansive notion of the healthcare system’s responsibilities to include traffic accidents and violence.
Accidents and injuries aren’t only the responsibility of healthcare systems of course – it’s a partnership with other agencies. But public health is intimately involved with say initiatives to cut childhood accidents and to stop people ending up in the ER, such as on late night alcohol consumption and domestic violence.
Eg – see UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance on road injuries:
The key is the defintion of public health – most people thnk health = hospitals. It isn’t.
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