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Indicator name

Mortality rate for selected causes of death

Target

No specific target

Indicator description

This indicator measures the age-specific mortality rate for selected diseases. The age-specific mortality rate represents the number of deaths in a particular age group during a given year per 100,000 population in the same age group of the same year.

Geographical coverage

Canada

Unit of measurement

Rate per 100,000 population

Calculations

The cause of death tabulated is the underlying cause of death. This is defined as (a) the disease or injury which initiated the train of events leading directly to death, or (b) the circumstances of the accident or violence which produced the fatal injury. The underlying cause is selected from the conditions listed on the medical certificate of cause of death.

Comments and limitations

Not applicable

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