Standardized mortality ratios and the "healthy worker effect": Scratching beneath the surface.

  title={Standardized mortality ratios and the "healthy worker effect": Scratching beneath the surface.},
  author={A J Mcmichael},
  journal={Journal of occupational medicine. : official publication of the Industrial Medical Association},
  volume={18 3},
  • A J Mcmichael
  • Published 1976 in
    Journal of occupational medicine. : official…
The age-standardized mortality ratio (SMR) is a relative index of mortality, expressing the mortality experience of the study population relative to that of a comparison ("standard") population. With the general population as the "standard", the SMR for an occupational population will underestimate the mortality experience of that latter population (since it comprises individuals necessarily healthy enough to be employable --and whose mortality risk is therefore initially lower than the general… CONTINUE READING

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