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Important Facts for Death Rate from All Causes

Definition

Age-adjusted death rate from all causes of death is the number of deaths per 100,000 U.S.standard population.

Numerator

Total number of deaths from all causes

Denominator

Total population during the same time period

Data Interpretation Issues

The age-adjusted death rate is used to compare across different populations that have different age distributions, such as comparing across years, race/ethnic groups and New Mexico versus the United States. The age-adjusted rate controls for the effect of age on the rate. It is useful for comparison, but does not indicate the magnitude of the actual rate.

Why Is This Important?

The overall death rate of a population reflects the average life expectancy of individuals in that population. The lower the death rate, the higher the life expectancy.

How Are We Doing?

In 2014, there were 17,564 deaths among New Mexico residents, yielding an age-adjusted death rate of 784.5 deaths per 100,000.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

New Mexico's age-adjusted, all-cause death rate has historically been lower than the U.S. rate. However, in recent years, the U.S. rate has been declining, while the New Mexico rate has not, and has even increased slightly.

Evidence-based Practices

Reducing the all-cause death rate would be accomplished by reducing early deaths from the leading causes of death in New Mexico, including childhood injury motor vehicle crashes, heart attack, stroke, cancers, diabetes, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and influenza and pneumonia.
The information provided above is from the New Mexico Department of Health's NM-IBIS web site (http://ibis.health.state.nm.us). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: "Retrieved Mon, 24 June 2019 from New Mexico Department of Health, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: http://ibis.health.state.nm.us".

Content updated: Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:39:41 MST