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Rural Kiwis Have Higher Mortality Rates than Urban Residents, Study Finds

Rural Kiwis Have Higher Mortality Rates than Urban Residents, Study Finds

A new study from the University of Otago has found that people living in rural areas in Aotearoa (New Zealand) have higher death rates compared to th

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A new study from the University of Otago has found that people living in rural areas in Aotearoa (New Zealand) have higher death rates compared to those in urban centers. The study analyzed over 160,000 deaths between 2014 and 2018 and found that mortality rates were consistently higher in rural populations across all age groups under 60. The disparities were most significant for those under 30. The study also revealed that rural Mฤori had higher mortality rates than both urban Mฤori and rural non-Mฤori. The researchers highlighted the need for further investigation into the specific causes behind these disparities and suggested factors such as dangerous occupations, limited access to healthcare, and socioeconomic status could be contributing factors. The findings will inform the development of the Rural Health Strategy in New Zealand.

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