Population Health Measures: Age-Adjusted Mortality Rates

data.montgomerycountymd.gov | Last Updated 17 Jun 2015

Age-adjustment mortality rates are rates of deaths that are computed using a statistical method to create a metric based on the true death rate so that it can be compared over time for a single population (i.e. comparing 2006-2008 to 2010-2012), as well as enable comparisons across different populations with possibly different age distributions in their populations (i.e. comparing Hispanic residents to Asian residents). Age adjustment methods applied to Montgomery County rates are consistent with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) as well as Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Vital Statistics Administration (DHMH VSA). PHS Planning and Epidemiology receives an annual data file of Montgomery County resident deaths registered with Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Vital Statistics Administration (DHMH VSA). Using SAS analytic software, MCDHHS standardizes, aggregates, and calculates age-adjusted rates for each of the leading causes of death category consistent with state and national methods and by subgroups based on age, gender, race, and ethnicity combinations. Data are released in compliance with Data Use Agreements between DHMH VSA and MCDHHS. This dataset will be updated Annually.

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This dataset has the following 9 columns:

Column NameAPI Column NameData TypeDescriptionSample Values
Unique IDunique_idtextUnique ID assigned for reporting needs
3-Year Periodyear_rangetextThree-Year Combination for Reporting
Cause of Deathcause_of_deathtextStandard 53 leading cause-of-death categories
RaceracetextDecedent’s Race
Hispanic or Latino Originhispanic_origintextDecedent’s Hispanic or Latino Origin
GendergendertextGender
Age-Adjusted Rate per 100,000 Populationage_adjusted_rate_per_100_000_populationnumberAge-Adjusted Rate Per 100,000 Population based on the U.S. 2000 Standard Population. (Point Estimate)
Lower 95% Confidence Intervallower_95_confidence_intervalnumberLower boundary of 95th Percentile Confidence Interval Range of the Age-Adjusted Rate (true rate estimate falls within the upper and lower boundaries)
Upper 95% Confidence Intervalupper_95_confidence_intervalnumberUpper boundary of 95th Percentile Confidence Interval Range of the Age-Adjusted Rate (true rate estimate falls within the upper and lower boundaries)