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INDIANA MORTALITY REPORT
2003

Preface


The 2003 Indiana Mortality Report provides a summary of all the deaths of residents in Indiana during 2003 classified by the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems Tenth Revision (ICD-10) cause of death code.  Summary tables have also been developed for each county and selected cities within Indiana.  The information provided in these tables is intended for health professionals, students, legislators, and others interested in the health status of the Indiana community.

The 2003 Indiana Mortality Report uses the ICD-10 coding system to classify and group causes of death.  The ICD-9 coding system was in use from 1978 to 1998.  Although these two systems have much in common, causes of death in this report are exactly comparable to causes of death since 1999, but not to causes in previous reports.

The 2003 Indiana Mortality Report also uses the 2000 standard million population to age-adjust the mortality rates.  Reports before 1999 used the 1940 standard million population.  Consequently, rates in this report are comparable to rates since 1999, but not to rates in previous reports.  State-level rates based on the 2000 standard million population were calculated for 113 selected causes of death for the years 1995-1998 and are available in Table 1a of the 1999 Indiana Mortality Report.

Information is provided to the State on each cause of death under the authority of Indiana Code 16-37-1-3 .

The leading causes of death and populations of interest are provided in the tables within the Highlights section. The intent of this publication is to provide information to assess the changing health status of the community, to develop resources and interventions in areas of need, and to improve modifiable health risk behaviors for adverse health conditions.

Indiana currently uses the 1977 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards for collecting data on race and ethnicity. These standards are in use by all states who have not yet revised their birth certificates to meet the 1997 OMB standards for collecting race and ethnicity information. The 1977 standards are also the standards used by the National Vital Statistics System for national reporting. The relationship between these two OMB standards and the terms used to report race and ethnicity in this report are as follows:

Race
1997 OMB standards
1977 OMB standards
This Report
American Indian or Alaska Native
American Indian or Alaska Native
Included in Other
Asian
Asian or Pacific Islander
Included in Other
Black or African American
Black
Black
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Asian or Pacific Islander
Included in Other
White
White
White

 
 

Ethnicity
1997 OMB standards
1977 OMB standards
This Report
Hispanic or Latino
Hispanic
Hispanic
not Hispanic or Latino
non-Hispanic
non-Hispanic

Most tables in this report will print on one page (8.5" x 11") if margins are set to 0.25 in all dimensions and the tables are viewed at the smallest font size.

The data file for this report was closed on April 21, 2005.