Present morality in parkinson's disease: the ratio of observed to expected deaths with a method to calculate expected deaths
Diamond, S.G.; Markham, C.H.
Journal of Neural Transmission 38(3-4): 259-269
PMID: 956812 DOI: 10.1007/bf01249443
Excess mortality, i.e. more deaths than expected in a similar normal population, has been reduced in Parkinson's disease by levodopa. A California series and a large collaborative study throughout the United States show the ratio of observed to expected deaths to be normal. In contrast, a New York study was similar patients and a Montreal group of much more severely disabled patients showed greater mortality. The reasons for these differences are unclear, but some variations in results may be attributed to different methods of calculating expected deaths to derive the ratio of observed to expected deaths.