Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2750

Full Length Research Paper

Clustering of mortality rates in Greece’s prefectures

Georgia Pistolla*1, Poulicos Prastacos2, Nikos Tzanakis3 and Anastas Philalithis1  
1Department of Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece. 2Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), Herakleion, Greece. 3Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece.
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  •  Accepted: 15 November 2012
  •  Published: 19 November 2012


The purpose of this paper is to present of the geographical variation of mortality rates in the 51 prefectures of Greece per gender in 2001 and 2006. The database consisted of the mortality rates of 65 causes of mortality for all 51 prefectures of Greece in two different time periods: 2001 and 2006. All rates were calculated using the “direct method of standardization” procedure and were selected from Natural Population Research Sector of the Greek Statistical Authority (EL.STAT.). Clustering analysis methods (CAM) was applied to identify the mortality patterns per gender and cause among prefectures and time. The results of the analysis were mapped, indicating a clustered distribution of these rates. It suggests a new way of health planning and supports local policies, since a common pattern can be identified.


Key words: Mortality rates, sub regional analysis, clustering, Greece.