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Deaths

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Data Source: Texas Vital Statistics (VSTAT)

Data Description

Death Data are derived from the information collected on death certificates for Texas residents who died in Texas and out-of-state. The subset of demographic, geographic, and medical information included in this module is: area of residence (State, Public Health Region, Metropolitan Statistical Area, County), decedents´┐Ż age, race/ethnicity, sex, year of death, and underlying cause of death aggregated in the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) selected cause-of-death categories.

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 deaths are coded by 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. Data users are cautioned that 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 NCHS for tabulating mortality statistics, and are available at two levels in this visualization. The first level is the 50 cause-of-death categories eligible to be ranked as leading causes of death. The second level is more detailed and is based on the NCHS List of 113 Selected Causes of Death: ICD-10 Cause-of-Death Lists for Tabulating Mortality Statistics.

Age Adjustment: Age-adjusted death rates provide unbiased comparisons that are not influenced by differences in age distribution in subject populations. The standard used is the US 2000 standard population:

Direct Standardization (Age-Adjusted Death Rates)

Age Adjustment Using the 2000 Projected U.S. Population

Additional Information:

Center for Health Statistics

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) - Mortality