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While childhood mortality rates have declined during the last decade in North Carolina, state statistics continue to rank above national statistics, though differing greatly on a cause-specific basis. Risk factors and intervention efforts are examined.
Persons 65 and older comprise 12% of North Carolina's population, yet they account for 27% of inpatient hospital discharges, 38% of hospital bed days and 40% of hospital charges. Nelson examines this age group's inpatient hospital usage.
North Carolina is experiencing major changes in its age structure as life expectancies have increased, birth rates decreased, and population migration occurred. Between 1980 and 2010, the number of North Carolina residents sixty-five and older is expected to dramatically increase. This report examined cause-specific mortality rates for three elderly age groups by race and sex.