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Deaths (2006-2017)

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Data Source: Texas Vital Statistics (VSTAT)

Data Description

These death data come from death certificates for Texas residents who died in state and out of state. Each death certificate identifies a single underlying cause of death that is defined as the disease or injury that initiated the events resulting in death. Causes of death are coded using the Tenth Revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) implemented in 1999.

Texas adopted the new U.S. Standard Certificates of Death and Fetal Death in 2006, so some data items might not be directly comparable with previous years.

Measure Information

Causes of death are aggregated based on predefined lists of cause-of-death categories developed by National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) for tabulating mortality statistics. The causes of death presented in the table refer to the NCHS List of 113 Selected Causes of Death: ICD-10 Cause-of-Death Lists for Tabulating Mortality Statistics. The top ten causes of death are based on NCHS' broader 51 rankable cause-of-death categories. This dashboard suppresses low counts with "—". In the table, if a certain selection of row variables has no counts, that row will not show.

Additional Information:

Center for Health Statistics

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) - Mortality

Texas Public Health Regions