Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia
Print version ISSN 1415-790X
LAURENTI, Ruy and BUCHALLA, Cássia Maria. Mortality statistics according to multiple causes of death. Rev. bras. epidemiol. [online]. 2000, vol.3, n.1-3, pp. 21-28. ISSN 1415-790X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-790X2000000100003.
The introduction of new technology has made it possible to study multiple causes of death as opposed to mortality statistics based only on the underlying cause of death. The knowledge of all diseases that contribute to one death allows the assessment of the importance of causes that frequently do not appear in mortality statistics, because of those diseases that are not characterized as the underlying cause. An example is the death by myocardial infarction of a person that also has diabetes mellitus. The idea of producing mortality statistics according to multiple causes is not new. However, it is not a routine, although several studies have demonstrated its advantages. Among the advantages is the possibility of finding new associations of diseases and to know the nature of the injury according to the type of accident or violence. The utilization of computers and specific programs for producing mortality statistics enables multiple-cause statistical calculations, a practice that should be stimulated.
Keywords : Mortality statistics; Multiple causes of death.