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Why Is This Important?
Death rates by leading causes of death show areas where health improvement and prevention programs could be targeted to reduce the greatest number of deaths.
Death rates for the leading causes of death are the number of deaths per 100,000 New Mexico population from each cause, ranked according to the number of deaths.
Data NotesThe leading causes in the colored grid, below, were ranked by the crude death rates.
Data SourceNew Mexico Death Data: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), Epidemiology and Response Division, New Mexico Department of Health.
How the Measure is Calculated
|Number of deaths from the specified cause
Data IssuesDeath certificate information is submitted electronically by funeral directors, who obtain demographic information from an informant, a close family member of the decedent. The NMDOH Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS) does annual trainings for funeral directors and local registrars and the death certificate information goes through extensive scrutiny for completeness and consistency. The cause of death is certified by the decedent's physician or the physician that attended the death. Accidental and suspicious deaths are certified by the Office of the Medical Investigator. When death certificates are received the cause of death literals are keyed into software locally by the BVRHS, then shipped to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) where they are machine coded into ICD-10 cause-of-death codes. NCHS returns the ICD-10 codes to BVRHS where the death records are updated.
Health Topic Pages Related to: Death Rates from Leading Causes of Death
Community Health Resources and Links
- Healthy People 2030 Website
- The Guide to Community Preventive Services
- U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.