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Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 6403103, 5 pages
Research Article

A Study on Mortality Profile among Fifty Plus- (50+-) Population (FPP) of India: A 5-Year Retrospective Study at New Delhi District

1Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, C-604, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001, India
2Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, AIIMS, Saket Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462020, India
3Department of Medicine, AIIM, Saket Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462020, India

Received 15 October 2015; Revised 24 January 2016; Accepted 11 February 2016

Academic Editor: Tomasz Kostka

Copyright © 2016 B. L. Chaudhary et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. To find out the mortality profile vis-a-vis different epidemiological factors at the time of autopsy among the 50+-Population. Material and Method. A five-year retrospective evaluation of medicolegal records between 2006 and 2010 was done at Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. Results. A total of 493 (17.78%) cases belonged to 50+-Population age group out of total 2773 autopsies performed. The proportion of unidentified/unknown persons among this age group was 36.51%. The unnatural and natural causes constituted 44.62% and 55.38% cases, respectively. The unspecified pneumonitis (50.18%) was reported as the commonest cause followed by coronary artery disease and respiratory tuberculosis among natural ones and the transport accident (57.27%) followed by accidental and intentional self-poisoning and exposure to noxious substances and falls among the unnatural ones. Conclusion. The findings reveal that this age group most commonly dies of natural causes rather than the unnatural ones even in autopsy cases. They have definite cure with timely interventions. The study also points out the need to devise the road and home safety measures to reduce mortality among the study population.