The purpose of the Death module is to generate interactive statistics of death certificate
data. The intended audience is researchers, public health officials, students, and
the general public. The data originates from the death certificate. Due to the changes
in editions of International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the data have been
split into two modules years' 1990- 1998 and 1999- Present. These modules are not
directly comparable and should be looked at separately.
Users can select year, race, sex, age, region, and cause of death as row or column
variables. Using the drop down boxes can further restrict these same variables.
The causes of death have the ability to be drilled into to a subcategory. A list
of all the causes of death and subcategories can be found in the definitions page.
Users can further sort the output by the causes of death or regions whether alphabetically
Users can generate on-the-fly maps and tables of the frequencies, rates, age adjusted
rate, and percentages of the selected data. Rates cannot be calculated at the zip
code level due to the lack of census data. Cause specific death rates are per 100,000
annual population, where as crude death rates are per 1000 annual population. When
rates have been selected 95% and 99% Confidence intervals can also be generated
in the tables. The interpretation of tables and maps is the users responsibility.
Thorough labels are provided however to make interpretation more intuitive. Many
supporting pages are provided with definitions; examples of rate calculations, Division
of Biostatistics and Health GIS contact information, and frequently asked questions
to assist the user in interpreting this data. Rates with small numbers are unreliable
and should be used cautiously.