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Complete Health Indicator Report of Deaths From All Causes

Definition

Number of deaths per 100,000 persons.

Numerator

Number of deaths.

Denominator

Number of persons in population.

Data Interpretation Issues

Death rate is a measure of the number of deaths in a particular population, scaled to the size of that population, per unit of time. Death rate is typically expressed in units of deaths per 100,000 individuals per year; thus, a death rate of 950 in a population of 100,000 would mean 950 deaths per year in that entire population, or 95 percent of the total.

Why Is This Important?

The death rates are important indicators of the quality of public health service in particular populations.

How Are We Doing?

Mortality monitoring is an important and useful measure to public health authorities. In Utah, by statute, death records must be registered within five calendar days.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Utah has experienced lower age-adjusted death rates than the U.S. It is interesting to see the gap in death rates between the U.S. and Utah decrease through the years. Factors that contributed to lower death rates in Utah over the past 25 years include healthy lifestyles (especially low rates of tobacco, alcohol, and substance use), lower rates of poverty, and better access to health care. A decrease in death rates across the state comes with certain implications, including increased economic demands on health care systems, including strain on aging services, long-term health care, and assisted living facilities.

What Is Being Done?

The UDOH Office of Vital Records and Statistics certifies Utah deaths and maintains records of specific characteristics such as cause of death, age of decedent, and other factors associated, such as firearm, motor vehicle, or drug overdose incidents.


Related Indicators

Relevant Population Characteristics

Improvements in life expectancy increase the proportion of older individuals living in society. Policy-makers must be aware of this trend in order to provide viable and attractive options for elderly persons who require assistance with activities of daily living.

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:


Health Care System Factors

Advances in medical technology are one of the factors lowering death rates in Utah and elsewhere. One issue with extending lives through medical technology is that individuals often have chronic disabilities that have implications for their quality of life. Health expenditures for providing end-of-life care are disproportionately high. The difficult moral and ethical issues involved in provision of end-of-life care should be considered by all individuals, and their wishes made known to family members who would be likely to make health care decisions in the event of their incapacity.

Related Health Care System Factors Indicators:


Risk Factors

It is a given that we all must die. The best we can hope for is to be healthy and active until death, and that our deaths be painless, graceful, and quick. Healthy lifestyles and early detection of disease lead to both longer life and improved quality of life across the lifespan.

Related Risk Factors Indicators:


Health Status Outcomes

The leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer, and stroke) are much the same for Utah and the rest of the U.S., regardless of sex, race, or ethnicity.

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

Death Rates, All Causes, Utah and U.S., 1999-2017

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Utah vs. U.S.YearAge-adjusted Rate per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 38
Utah1999789.6775.4804.1
Utah2000781.1767.2795.2
Utah2001781.8768.0795.7
Utah2002789.6775.9803.4
Utah2003789.7776.2803.4
Utah2004765.4752.2778.6
Utah2005743.8731.0756.7
Utah2006727.9715.6740.4
Utah2007721.7709.7734.0
Utah2008698.1686.4709.9
Utah2009680.4669.1692.0
Utah2010692.5681.2704.0
Utah2011697.6686.4709.0
Utah2012697.1686.1708.3
Utah2013709.9698.9721.1
Utah2014711.0700.1722.0
Utah2015714.2703.4725.0
Utah2016712.3701.7723.0
Utah2017700.3690.0710.8
U.S.1999875.6
U.S.2000869.0
U.S.2001858.8
U.S.2002855.9
U.S.2003843.5
U.S.2004813.7
U.S.2005815.0
U.S.2006791.8
U.S.2007775.3
U.S.2008774.9
U.S.2009749.0
U.S.2010747.0
U.S.2011741.3
U.S.2012732.8
U.S.2013731.9
U.S.2014724.6
U.S.2015733.1
U.S.2016728.8
U.S.2017731.9

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2010 standard population.

Data Sources

  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2017
  • U.S. Underlying Cause of Death Data: WONDER Online Database. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Accessed at [http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html]
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Death Rates, All Causes by Ethnicity, Utah, 2017

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The death rate for Hispanic Utahns was significantly lower than for all Utahns.
Hispanic EthnicityDeaths per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 3
Hispanic542.4505.0581.9
Non-Hispanic711.6700.9722.5
All Utahns700.4690.1710.8

Data Notes

Rates are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population.

Data Sources

  • Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah, U.S. Bureau of the Census, IBIS Version 2017
  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health


Death Rates, All Causes by Race, Utah, 2017

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The death rate for Asian Utahns was significantly lower than for all Utahns.
RaceDeaths per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 6
American Indian/Native Alaskan710.5603.0831.7
Asian415.8361.2476.3
Black842.4699.41,006.0
Pacific Islander811.4654.6994.5
White700.7690.2711.4
All Races698.0687.7708.5

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population using 3 age groups.

Data Sources

  • Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah, U.S. Bureau of the Census, IBIS Version 2017
  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health

References and Community Resources

Jiaquan Xu, M.D., et al. Deaths: Final data for 2016. National vital statistics reports; vol 67 no 5. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2016. [https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr67/nvsr67_05.pdf]

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

Page Content Updated On 12/11/2018, Published on 12/13/2018
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Content updated: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:03:27 MDT