W K Baier's research while affiliated with Robert Koch Institut and other places

Publications (9)

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Due to extensive government funding, public health research in Germany presently goes through times of revival and relative prosperity. The multiprofessionality of its background, its nearly disrupted scientific tradition in Germany, and the idiosyncrasies in their understanding of "health" among different professions impede the development of a co...
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Objectives or targets for health have been presented by the World Health Organisation as well as a number of national health administrations. Health objectives are intended as guidelines attracting the commitment of decision makers and health professionals. As a "normative health indicator" a health objective should quantify the desired progress an...
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The article presents different mathematical algorithms intending to quantify the "potential years of life lost" based on life table models, and on real age-structured populations, respectively. Applying these algorithms to accident and cardiovascular mortality data from Berlin (West) demonstrates their individual and specific relevance.
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The article gives algorithms to calculate mean ages at death for specific causes, based on life table models. Parameters of interest are death due to a specific cause, dying after the "elimination" of the specific cause, or the transition into a "new" structure of mortality when a specific cause of death vanishes. The setbacks of widely used calcul...
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The formal mathematical steps of direct and indirect standardisation are deduced and it is pointed out that standardisation is an analytical concept for processing data within the framework of structurised populations to enable correct interpretation of these data in a manner modified according to specific problems. In particular, this concept is n...
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Following a long-term decline, death rates due to infectious diseases in West-Berlin men have dramatically increased since 1983. The Berlin mortality statistics introduced AIDS as a specific cause of death only in 1989. However, opportunistic infections, a negligible quantity until 1983, and pointing to AIDS as the underlying cause, show a steep in...