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CASTRO, Mônica S. Monteiro de; SILVA, Bráulio Figueiredo Alves da; ASSUNCAO, Renato M.  and  BEATO FILHO, Cláudio Chaves. Regionalization as a strategy for the definition of homicide-control public policies. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2004, vol.20, n.5, pp.1269-1280. ISSN 1678-4464.

This article analyzes the spatial distribution of homicide rates in Minas Gerais State, Brazil, using data from the Ministry of Health Mortality Information System (SIM/MS) from 1996 to 2000. Population data used to calculate rates were also obtained from the Brazilian Ministry of Health. Minas Gerais has a large territory, so the study used a recently developed statistical methodology implemented in the SKATER software to generate homogeneous spatial clusters. The technique obtained 24 spatial clusters, in which municipalities with similar homicide rates were aggregated. Using these results, the authors discuss the possible creation of "public security administration areas" that would allow the implementation of public policies aimed at controlling and diminishing homicides in municipalities with similar characteristics for this type of crime.

Keywords : Regional Health Planning; Violence; Policy Making.

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