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Release: Mortality in the United Kingdom, 1983-2013

Released: 11 December 2014


Julie Mills

Demographic Analysis Unit

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444681

Categories: Population, Deaths, Mortality Rates, Death Registrations, Ageing

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Country, UK

  • The overall number of deaths registered in the United Kingdom was 13% lower in 2013 than in 1983.

  • There was a 59% reduction in the number of infant deaths for boys and 58% for girls over the period 1983 to 2013.

  • Cancer was the most common broad disease group in 2013 for both men and women in the UK. A decade earlier circulatory diseases were the most common cause group.

  • The age-standardised mortality rates (ASMRs) for circulatory diseases decreased substantially over the period 1983 to 2013, by 711 deaths per 100,000 men and 450 deaths per 100,000 women.

  • The ASMRs for Scotland were the highest of all the constituent countries over the period 1983 to 2013.

  • The majority of all deaths registered in 2013 were in the 80+ age group (46% for men and 63% for women).

A summary report of the trends in age-standardised mortality rates in the UK and constituent countries, 1983 to 2013. This report brings together mortality data from the four UK constituent countries to produce analysis of trends in mortality at the UK level.

Age-standardised rates allow for differences in the age structure of populations and allow valid comparisons to be made between different countries and over time. The European Standard Population (ESP) is a hypothetical population and is the same for both males and females so the rates may be compared between the sexes.

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