Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Language

English

Abstract

This study investigated the seasonality of mortality in Hong Kong from 1980 to 2005 using cosinor analysis. Mortality data from all causes of death, neoplasm, circulatory and respiratory diseases were obtained from the Census and Statistics Department. Statistically significant seasonalities were ascertained for total and gender-specific deaths from all causes, circulatory and respiratory diseases, but not neoplasm. The amplitudes of seasonal fluctuations were low. Also, amplitudes of seasonality increased with age and a conspicuous increase in amplitudes at age group ≥65 was detected. The timing of the peak for significant rhythms was in February and March.

Keywords

mortality, seasonality, cosinor analysis, Hong Kong

Publication Date

2009

Source Publication Title

Biological Rhythm Research

Volume

40

Issue

5

Start Page

425

End Page

431

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI

10.1080/09291010902727856

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09291010902727856

ISSN (print)

09291016

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Geography Commons

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