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Definition

The disease or injury which initiated the train of morbid events leading directly to a person's death or the circumstances of the accident or violence which produced the fatal injury, as represented by a code. (WHO 2004)

Components

Data Element (this item)

Representation

This representation is based on the value domain for this data element, more information is available at " Underlying cause of death code (ICD-10 2nd edn) ANN-ANN ".
Data Type String
Format ANN-ANN
Maximum character length 6

Comments

Guide for use:
Underlying cause of death is central to mortality coding and comparable international mortality reporting.

Origin:

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2004. Information Paper: Cause of death certification. Catalogue no. 1205.0.55.001. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics. Viewed 31 August 2005.

National Center for Health Statistics 2005. About the Mortality Medical Data System. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Viewed 31 August 2005.

World Health Organisation 2004. The International statistical classification of diseases and related health problems, tenth revision, (2nd edn). Geneva: World Health Organisation.

Comments:

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) codes and classifies the underlying cause of death (UCOD) according to the rules and guidelines for mortality coding adopted by the World Health Assembly and set out in the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD).

The ABS uses the Mortality Medical Data System (MMDS) to process and code cause-of-death information reported on death certificates.

References

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2004. Information Paper: Cause of death certification. Catalogue no. 1205.0.55.001. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics. Viewed 31 August 2005.

World Health Organisation 2004. The International statistical classification of diseases and related health problems, tenth revision, (2nd edn). Geneva: World Health Organisation.


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