Revista de Saúde Pública
versão impressa ISSN 0034-8910
LAURENTI, Ruy e SANTOS, Jair Lício Ferreira. Mortality rate for under-fives proposed by UNICEF: critical analysis of its vality as a health indicators. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1996, vol.30, n.2, pp. 148-152. ISSN 0034-8910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101996000200006.
The relationship between the Mortality Rate for children under age 5 as proposed by UNICEF and classical mortality indicators - infant mortality, mortality rates for children under age 1, for ages 1 to 4, mortality for children under 5, and the probability of death from birth to 5 years of age, is evaluated. The theoretical equivalence between the rate and 5q0 is shown by means of a Lexis diagram. Pratical evaluation is carried out using data from the 24 areas under analysis in the Inter-American Investigation of Mortality in Childhood. Kendall's Correlation shows high agreement between the rate and classical indicators, mainly for the Coefficient for children under 5 and for infant mortality.
Palavras-chave : Mortality rate; Infant mortality.