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Vital Events Reference Tables 2006

Vital Events Reference Tables 2006

Section 6: Deaths - causes

Causes of death are coded in accordance with the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (Tenth Revision) (ICD10). Classification of underlying cause of death is based on information collected on the medical certificate of cause of death together with any additional information provided subsequently by the certifying doctor. Changes notified to the National Records of  Scotland (NRS) by Procurators Fiscal are also taken into account. In cases of homicide, suicide, and other deaths from violence, advice may be sought from the Crown Office. On 1 January 1996 NRS introduced an automated method of coding cause of death. A detailed note on this may be found in Appendix 1 of the 1996 Annual Report.

From 1 January 2000, deaths in Scotland have been coded using the latest, tenth, revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases, Injuries and Causes of Death (ICD10).

Cause lists used in these Reference Tables:

Full 3-character list (Table 6.4) This shows all 3-character ICD10 codes for which at least one death was recorded during 2006.

Summary list (Table 6.1, Table 6.2 and Table 6.3) The summary list is closely based on a short list of 65 categories recommended by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. The GROS list presents 66 categories, including sub-totals for all the main ICD10 Chapters. In the tables using this list, the sub-categories do not necessarily sum to the main groups. The one additional category identified in the NRS list is 'malignant neoplasm of the larynx'; this is combined with 'trachea, bronchus and lung' in the 65 category list.

Years of life lost (Table 6.13) Provides information on years of life lost for selected causes of death. Simply, the number of years of life lost is the sum of the differences between the age at death and 90 for 'total' years lost or 65 for years of 'working' life lost. Note that the age at death is taken to be the mid-point of a 5 year age band. The period of 'total' life lost is deemed to include all deaths up until the age of 90, so anyone dying at the age of 93 would contribute zero years to the total. The 'working' life period covers all ages between the ages of 15 and 64, and it is assumed that any death under the age of 15 contributes 50 years to the 'working' life lost total. For example someone dying at the age of 38 would contribute 28 years (37 (mid-point of 35-39 year age band) subtracted from 65) to the 'working life' lost total.

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Deaths, by sex and cause, Scotland, 1996 to 2006
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Deaths, numbers and rates, by sex, age and cause, Scotland, 2006
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Deaths, by sex, cause and administrative area, Scotland, 2006
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Deaths, by sex, age and cause, Scotland, 2006 (revised September 2007)
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Deaths by frequency of cause by sex, percentages, Scotland, 1986 to 2006 
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Death rates from malignant neoplasms (all sites), by sex and age, Scotland, 1950 to 2006
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Death rates from malignant neoplasms, by sex, age and selected sites, Scotland, 1950 to 2006
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Death rates from ischaemic heart disease, by sex and age, Scotland, 1950 to 2006
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Death rates from cerebrovascular disease, by sex and age, Scotland, 1950 to 2006
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Deaths from road transport accidents, by sex and age, Scotland, 1946 to 2006
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Intentional self-harm and events of undetermined intent, Scotland, 1981 to 2006
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Deaths from poisoning, by sex and clause, Scotland, 2006 (Revised)
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Deaths and years of 'working life' lost and years of 'total life' lost due to mortality from selected causes, per 10,000 population, Scotland, 2006
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