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Table 8 Average levels of registration of the mortality database for all regions, Colombia, 1980–2010

From: The public health impact of economic fluctuations in a Latin American country: mortality and the business cycle in Colombia in the period 1980–2010

Region 1980–1995 2000–2010
Antioquia 43.6 % 47.7 %
Atlántico 70.4 % 83.7 %
Bogotá 89.4 % 97.7 %
Bolívar 69.7 % 69.6 %
Boyacá 93.8 % 86.2 %
Caldas 87.0 % 95.4 %
Caquetá 59.1 % 72.5 %
Cauca 72.2 % 74.3 %
Cesar 48.7 % 80.0 %
Córdoba 48.4 % 64.5 %
Cundinamarca 79.3 % 86.3 %
Chocó 44.0 % 58.7 %
Huila 90.2 % 91.5 %
La Guajira 25.9 % 47.6 %
Magdalena 48.6 % 79.7 %
Meta 54.9 % 84.9 %
Nariño 79.1 % 83.0 %
Norte de Santander 85.5 % 86.6 %
Quindío 76.4 % 89.2 %
Risaralda 87.4 % 95.6 %
Santander 86.6 % 90.1 %
Sucre 56.5 % 68.4 %
Tolima 72.0 % 83.3 %
Valle 89.9 % 98.2 %
Arauca   83.6 %
Casanare   59.4 %
Putumayo   60.8 %
San Andrés y Providencia Archipelago   48.8 %
Amazonía   55.6 %
Independent territories 36.0 %  
Colombia 60.8 % 73.1 %
  1. (i) Overall, coverage of death registration gradually increased over the study period. Between 1980–1995 and 2000–2010, average levels of registered deaths increased from 60.8 to 73.1 %. At the same time, levels of registration improved in 18 out of 25 regions over time. The restricted subsample includes 12 regions in period 1 (Bogotá, Boyacá, Caldas, Caquetá, Cauca, Huila, Nariño, Norte de Santander, Quindío, Risaralda, Santander, and Valle) and 13 regions in period 2 (Atlántico, Bogotá, Boyacá, Caldas, Cundinamarca, Huila, Meta, Norte de Santander, Quindío, Risaralda, Santander, Valle, and Arauca). (iii) We allowed regions with levels of registration higher than 70 % in some -but not all- of the years to contribute to the restricted sample, but only for the years in which they had registration of 70 % of higher. For example, in period 1 Bogota had registration coverage above 70 % for years 1980–1994, but not in 1995. We therefore included only years 1980–1994 for Bogota and excluded 1995. (iv) Even if some regions had average levels of registration higher than 70 %, they had no years for which registration levels were above 70 % in all sex and age groups for at least one year, and therefore were not included in the restricted sample, e.g., Atlántico in the first period.(v) Likewise, some regions had average levels of registration lower than 70 % (e.g., Caquetá, 44 % in the first period), yet they had at least one year for which registration was higher than 70 % in all sex and age groups, and were therefore part of the restricted sample in those years