Concepts and Basic Measures of Mortality

  • Jacob S. Siegel


Death statistics are a basic element in measuring progress toward improved health and increased longevity of a population. They are needed both for demographic studies and for public health administration. Death statistics are used in the analysis of the past and present demographic status of a population as well as its prospective growth; in serving the administrative and research needs of public health agencies in connection with the development, operation, and evaluation of public health programs; and in basic research and analysis of the health, survival, and longevity of a population or some group within it. Death statistics are needed to conduct analyses of past population changes as well as past changes in the health and longevity of the population. These analyses are required to make projections of mortality, population size, and other demographic characteristics, and to prepare, interpret, and evaluate projections of the health status of the population.


Infant Death Death Certificate Standardize Mortality Ratio Crude Death Rate Standard Population 
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  1. 1.J. Stuart Siegel Demographic ServicesNorth BethesdaUSA

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