Differences in cause-of-death patterns between the native Dutch and persons of Indonesian descent in the Netherlands

Am J Public Health. 2007 Sep;97(9):1616-8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2006.086314. Epub 2007 Jul 31.


We studied differences in cause-specific mortality between highly integrated first- and second-generation Indonesians and native Dutch. We used the municipal population registers and cause-of-death registry to estimate rate ratios via Poisson regression analyses. Although overall mortality levels were similar, cause-of-death patterns varied between Indonesian migrants and native Dutch; the similar levels in overall mortality coincided with the high degree of integration of Indonesians within Dutch society. The differences in cause-of-death patterns may reflect persistent influences of country of origin and migration history.

MeSH terms

  • Acculturation
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cause of Death*
  • Emigration and Immigration / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Indonesia / ethnology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mortality
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • Poisson Distribution
  • Registries
  • Urban Population / classification
  • Urban Population / statistics & numerical data*