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Release: Mortality Statistics: Deaths Registered in England and Wales (Series DR), 2008

Released: 29 October 2009 Next edition: 26 October 2010

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Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Population, Deaths, Mortality Rates, Death Registrations, Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Causes of Death

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Region

Presents mortality statistics on deaths registered in England and Wales, classified by sex and age and by other selected information collected at the time of registration.

Before 2006, tables were published as part of the annual publication Mortality Statistics: General, England and Wales (Series DH1: discontinued) , Mortality Statistics: Cause, England and Wales (Series DH2: discontinued) or Mortality Statistics: Injury and Poisoning, England and Wales (Series DH4: discontinued). The data years available include 1999 - 2005.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to mortality statistics, please see Mortality Metadata (2.46 Mb Pdf)  and Mortality Summary Quality Report (222.3 Kb Pdf) .

Further ONS releases based on death registrations include:

An interactive mapping tool which enables trends in mortality to be analysed at the local level.

Weekly provisional deaths registered in England and Wales provide provisional counts of deaths registered in England and Wales. Monthly Provisional Figures on Deaths Registered by Area of Usual Residence provide provisional monthly counts, while Monthly Figures on Deaths Registered by Area of Usual Residence present final monthly counts of mortality data for previous years.

The Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables provide quarterly and annual mortality data for the United Kingdom and its constituent countries. Summary data for death rates, cause of death data by sex and age and death registrations by area of residence can be found in the Deaths registrations summary tables, England and Wales. 

Death registrations by single year of age for the United Kingdom and England and Wales provides a detailed breakdown of the number of deaths by sex and age, while a geographical breakdown of mortality statistics is available in deaths registered in England and Wales by area of usual residence.

Injury and Poisoning mortality, England and Wales presents annual data on deaths from injury and poisoning in England and Wales using a matrix of mechanism by intent developed by the International Collaborative Effort (ICE) on injury statistics.

Excess winter mortality in England and Wales presents provisional figures of excess winter deaths for the latest winter period, and final figures for previous the winter period. Figures are presented by underlying cause, age, sex and region. National trend data are available from 1991/92 onwards.

Deaths involving Clostridium difficile presents mortality rates and details on the number of deaths involving Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) for England and Wales. National trend data are available from 1999 onwards. Deaths involving MRSA provides the number and rate of deaths involving Meticillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) for England and Wales. National trend data are provided for 1993 onwards.

Deaths related to drug poisoning contains data on deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales from 1993 onwards, by cause of death, sex, age and substances involved in the death. UK alcohol related deaths presents the latest alcohol-related death figures for the UK, England, Wales, and Regions in England.

UK suicides present suicide numbers and rates in the United Kingdom, England and Wales, and Regions in England.

For mortality data for other UK countries please see statistics on deaths in Scotland and statistics on deaths in Northern Ireland.

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