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released: 23 Aug 2012 author: AIHW media release

Multiple causes of death data are useful for describing the role of all diseases involved in deaths. This bulletin is the first comprehensive application of multiple causes of death statistics to natural causes of death and specific chronic diseases of public health importance in Australia. It may be useful for guiding and improving policy for reducing deaths from these chronic diseases and for targeting future investment in health prevention. When describing patterns of causes of death using only the underlying cause, important cause information is overlooked. Analyses using multiple cause data complement routine descriptions of mortality that use only the underlying cause and offer broader insight into the disease processes occurring at the end of life.

ISBN 978-1-74249-330-5; Cat. no. AUS 159; 25pp.; $20

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Publication table of contents

  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Symbols
  • Summary
  • 1 Introduction
    • What are multiple causes of death?
    • What are the benefits of using multiple causes of death data?
    • Objectives of this bulletin
    • Scope of this bulletin
  • 2 Methods
    • Data sources
    • Classification of causes of death
    • Chronic disease causes of death
    • Analytical techniques
  • 3 Results
    • Variation in multiple causes of death by age at death
    • Variation in multiple causes of death by sociodemographic characteristics
    • Variation in multiple causes of death by underlying cause
    • Trends in multiple causes of death for chronic diseases
    • Patterns of contributory causes of death
    • Age at death for selected chronic diseases
  • 4 Discussion
  • 5 Appendix
    • ICD-10 chapter level groupings of causes of death
    • Deaths from selected chronic diseases
  • References
  • List of tables
  • List of figures
  • List of boxes
  • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2012. Multiple causes of death in Australia: an analysis of all natural and selected chronic disease causes of death 1997-2007. AIHW bulletin no. 105. Cat. no. AUS 159. Canberra: AIHW.

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