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The contribution of avoidable mortality to the life expectancy gap in Māori and Pacific populations in New Zealand—a decomposition analysis

NZ Research Abstract

posted by Research Admin 1 on 8 April 2019


Michael Walsh
Corina Grey

Year of Publication



The New Zealand Medical Journal, 29 March 2019, Vol 132, No 1492

Publication Type

Journal article (peer reviewed)

Publication Status



This article explores the disparity evident in mortality rates attributable to preventable causes of death between Māori, Pacific and European New Zealanders (2013-15). The authors conclude: "Avoidable causes of death are large contributors to the life expectancy differentials in Māori and Pacific populations. The findings provide further evidence of the need to address the determinants of health and ensure equitable access to health services to reduce the impact of avoidable mortality on inequalities in life expectancy. It also highlights the importance of looking beyond individual factors and recognising the role of healthcare services and the social determinants in improving health equity."

Type of Study

Comparative study

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