Mortality Collection data dictionary

Data Dictionary (version 1.6)

Published online: 
18 May 2017

The Mortality Collection has been established to provide data for public health research, policy formulation, development and monitoring, and cancer survival studies. A complete data set of each year’s mortality data is sent to the World Health Organization each year to be used in international comparisons of mortality statistics.

The Mortality Collection classifies the underlying cause of death for all deaths registered in New Zealand, including all registered fetal deaths (stillbirths), using the ICD-10-AM 8th Edition and the WHO Rules and Guidelines for Mortality Coding.

Fetal and infant data is a subset of the mortality collection. Extra variables such as gestation and birth weight are collected.

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