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Introduction to 2005 Detailed Mortality Statistics
This report contains tables showing deaths of residents classified by cause,
age, race, and sex. The report is prepared for the state and counties in
North Carolina. This report supplements two annual publications, North Carolina Vital
Statistics, Volume 1 and Volume 2.
The counts of deaths for
each cause are shown for the race-sex and age categories. Race
categories are white (W) and minority (M); minority deaths are
predominately Black (over 87 percent) in North Carolina.
Four age categories are shown for infants - less than 1 day, less
than 1 week, less than 28 days, and less than 1 year of age. These
age categories are cumulative such that a death occurring during the
first day of life is counted again in the three subsequent age
categories. For deaths occurring at one year of age or older, counts
are grouped into 5 or 10 year age intervals (age in completed years).
The cause of death is the underlying cause classified according to the
tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
Counts of deaths are displayed for the detailed list of causes. Only
a limited amount of the name of each cause category is printed. If a
particular category does not appear, this indicates no deaths were
recorded this year. Complete descriptions of the cause categories
are provided in the ICD.
The cause of death categories are ordered from the general to the
specific. The 4-digit category is the most specific classification.
A 3-digit category is the sum of 4-digit categories having the same
first three digits. A group of the categories is the sum of 3-digit
categories with similar attributes. A sum of groups form a section,
of which there are nineteen. The following example illustrates the
four levels of the cause of death:
||IX. Diseases of the Circulatory System
||Hypertensive Heart Disease
||-- with (congestive) heart failure
||-- without (congestive) heart failure
Three sections, (II, XIII, and XX) also have blocks of codes within the
'Groups' to provide greater specificity.
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