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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)




Neoplasm, Malignant
(ICD10: C00-C97)




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




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




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:

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