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Health Event Counts


When communicating with health planning groups or legislators, the total number of health events, or the count, can convey the magnitude of a health problem, the prevention effort required, or the health care that may be needed. Table 1 shows some examples of counts.

Table 1: Number of Deaths for Four Leading Causes by Cause and Sex, New Mexico, 2011


Underlying Cause of Death Men Women Total
Circulatory, Heart disease
(ICD10: I00-I09, I11, I13, I20-I51)

1,782

1,493

3,275

Neoplasm, Malignant
(ICD10: C00-C97)

1,639

1,534

3,260

Injury, Unintentional injuries
(ICD10: V01-X59, Y85-Y86)

824

472

1,296

Respiratory, Chronic lower respiratory diseases (ICD10: J40-J47)

510

512

1,022


Source: New Mexico Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Health Statistics, New Mexico Department of Health. Retrieved on December 14, 2012 from New Mexico Department of Health, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health website: http://ibis.health.state.nm.us/.


Counts of health events are useful, but have limitations for those who need to compare populations of unequal size, for instance, a subpopulation with an overall state population. Knowing the population sizes can help to interpret counts, but computing a rate will allow direct comparison between populations of unequal size that are otherwise similar (e.g., similar age composition, similar culturally).

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Content updated: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:17:39 MST