Czech socio-economic deprivation index and its correlation with mortality data

Int J Public Health. 2009;54(4):267-73. doi: 10.1007/s00038-008-7092-3.


Objectives: The aim of the study was to create an index of socio-economic deprivation (SESDI) and to analyse correlation between SESDI and mortality data.

Methods: The SESDI components were selected from the census data (2001) at enumeration district and district level. Two methods were used for creating the SESDI: 1/ a sum of Z-scores of specific components (INDEX1); and 2/ standardized score - average values of specific components were divided by a maximum value of the specific component at the corresponding geographical level (INDEX2). Pearson's correlation coefficient was used for assessing the relationship between indices, and between indices and mortality data (SMR).

Results: The final indices were applied to districts in the Czech Republic (N = 77). The correlation of INDEX1 and INDEX2 was high (r = 0.99). Analysis of relationships between degree of deprivation and total and selected specific SMR in the Czech Republic confirmed that mortality was associated with degree of deprivation.

Conclusion: The use of socio-economic deprivation indices in analysis of routinely collected mortality data in public health might help to explain health inequalities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Censuses
  • Czech Republic / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mortality / trends*
  • Poverty*