Northern Ireland

Premature death

Key points

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Graph 1: Over time

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Graph 2: By social class

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Definitions and data sources

This indicator looks at the rate of premature death, defined here as death before the age of 65.  The main justification for including it is to show how far premature death rates differ by social class.

The first graph shows, over time, the number of deaths of people aged under 65 per 100,000 population, with the data standardised to a constant European age structure.  For comparison purposes, the equivalent data for Great Britain is also shown.

The second graph shows the rate of deaths of people aged under 65 by social class.  The data is not standardised by age.  To improve its statistical reliability, the data is the average for the latest five years.

In both graphs, the number of deaths is divided into four groups of cause, namely circulatory diseases (including heart disease), neoplasms/cancers, other internal causes (respiratory, digestive, etc) and external causes (accidents, suicides, assaults, etc).

The source for the Northern Ireland data in both graphs is the Department of Finance and Personnel, noting that the data in the second graph is not publicly available.  The source for the Great Britain data in the first graph is the General Register Office for Scotland and Mortality Statistics Division, ONS for England and Wales (again the data is not publicly available).

Overall adequacy of this indicator: medium.  All the data in the first graph is both factual and comparable but comes from different sources.

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External links

See the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety's site on health inequalities.

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