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Query Results for Mortality Data - Crude Rates, Deaths per 100,000 Population

Single Years Filter: 2015, 2016, 2017
Data Grouped By:Decedent's County of Residence

New Mexico Residents

Results include deaths of New Mexico residents, including those whose death occurred outside of New Mexico. Results do not include non-residents who died in New Mexico.

Statistical Stability

Statistical stability, reported in the data table, is based on a statistic called the "Relative Standard Error," or RSE, which is the standard error expressed as a proportion of the point estimate (e.g., 30% of the point estimate). The following conventions are used here to interpret the RSE. * A dash (-) means that the relative standard error (RSE) is below 0.30 and the count or rate may be considered stable. * "Unstable" is displayed when the RSE is 0.30-0.50. An unstable count or rate may fluctuate widely across time periods due to random variation (chance). * "Very Unstable" is displayed when the RSE is greater than 0.50. A very unstable count or rate should not be used to inform decisions. You may combine years or otherwise increase the population size used in the query to achieve a more stable count or rate. Problems with statistical instability typically occur when there is a small number of health events in a small population. For more information on statistical stability, visit the NM-IBIS Reliability & Validity page [].


ICD Stands for International Classification of Diseases. It is a coding system maintained by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics used to classify causes of death and diagnoses, injury causes, and medical procedures for hospital and emergency department visits. The U.S. is currently using the 10th revision (ICD-10). For list of ICD codes used in NM-IBIS, please visit [].

Deaths of Despair

Deaths of despair, also known as deaths from diseases of despair, include deaths from suicide, drug overdose and 100% alcohol-attributable causes. Note that deaths that are 100% attributable to alcohol do not include all alcohol-related deaths. For instance, motor vehicle crashes and liver cirrhosis are often, but not always, attributable to alcohol and are not included in this definition of "deaths of despair."

Population Estimates

All population estimates apply to July 1 of the selected year. Estimates include decimal fractions. The sum of population subgroup estimates may not exactly equal the overall state population estimate due to rounding error.

Please note that the new, vintage August 20, 2018, estimates are now being used as population denominators for all query modules. The population counts were re-estimated going back to 2010. The new population estimates will cause NM-IBIS to produce rates for the 2010-2017 period that may be slightly different from rates calculated by NM-IBIS prior to 8/24/2018. Any differences are expected to be very small.

NM-IBIS Map Guidance

For guidance on NM-IBIS map categories, please visit [].

U.S. Data

Comparable data for the U.S. and other states may be found on the CDC's Wide-ranging ONline Data for Epidemiologic Research (CDC WONDER) [].
  • New Mexico Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, New Mexico Department of Health
  • Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program,

Death Certificate Data

Death certificates in New Mexico are required to be filed by funeral directors. Funeral directors obtain demographic information from an informant, a close family member of the decedent. 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. Death certificate data go through extensive edits for completeness and consistency. The DOH Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS) does annual trainings for funeral directors and local registrars.

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.

Population Data

Population estimates for previous years are occasionally revised as new information becomes available. When publishing trend data, always be sure that your rates for earlier years match current rates on NM-IBIS that have been calculated with the most up-to-date population estimates.

Confidence Intervals for Zero Values

For rates where the count is zero, a numerator of "3" was used to calculate the confidence interval (per Lilienfeld and Stolley, __Foundations of Epidemiology__, 1994, p. 303).
These data were queried on: Tue, 21 May 2019 09:30:09 MDT
The dataset was last updated on: Fri, 11 Jan 2019 18:17:50 MST

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Content updated: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 10:20:55 MST