[Mortality from Parkinson's disease in Spain (1980-1985). Distribution by age, sex and geographic areas].Neurologia. 1992 Mar; 7(3):89-93.N
An approximation of Parkinson's disease in Spain was carried out based on the data of mortality by this disease over the period 1980-1985. The annual number of deaths by Parkinson's disease as well as its distribution by sex, age groups and Spanish provinces was obtained from information published annually by the National Institute of Statistics in the Natural Movement of the Spanish Population. The global mortality rate during the period studied was of 2.14 per 100,000 inhabitants. The specific mortality rate by Parkinson's disease in males was slightly higher than that of females. A specific mortality rate was also observed by age groups being higher in the older age groups. From the point of geographical distribution, higher rates were observed in the northern provinces with respect to the south and in rural areas compared to provinces capitals. Following the analysis of the results obtained and upon comparing the findings published in other countries it was concluded that place of residence may be related to the development of Parkinson's disease. From these data new epidemiological studies are required oriented to the identification of the environmental factors which may play a role in the etiology of this entity.