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Are the Danish stillbirth rates still record low? A nationwide ecological study
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    Stillbirth rates in Denmark
    • Rodney Jones, Statistical Advisor Healthcare Analysis & Forecasting

    Trend analysis is always fraught with potential confounding. The authors may be unaware that the trends in life expectancy over the same period were also showing unexpected trends, see references in [1]. Even excess winter mortality has been undergoing unexpected fluctuations [1]. Total deaths have also been showing peculiar trends and 2015 in particular showed a very odd increase around the world [2,3]. I have recently suggested that it is the combined and interactive effects of multiple infectious outbreaks .including competition between pathogens which lie behind these unusual trends [4]. This can be inferred but is difficult to establish since most pregnant women are not screened for the presence of multiple pathogens, including seemingly trivial periods of unwellness, but it does suggest an interesting study.

    1. Jones R. Excess winter mortality (EWM) and stalling international improvements in life expectancy and mortality rates. Brit J Healthc Manage 2020; 26(12);

    2. Jones R. Austerity in the UK and poor health: were deaths directly affected? Brit J Healthc Manage 2019; 25(11): 337-347.

    3. Jones R. Role of social group and gender in outbreaks of a novel agent leading to increased deaths, with insights into higher international deaths in 2015. FGNAMB 2017; 3(1): 1-7. doi: 10.15761/FGNAMB.1000146

    4. Jones R. Multidisciplinary insights into health ca...

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