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Death Data

In addition to serving as the legal records of death, death certificates provide surveillance information used to describe patterns of death by gender, race, age, and cause of death. Monitoring of differences in death patterns within and among demographic groups permits identification of persons at high risk of death from specific diseases and injuries. This type of monitoring makes it possible for communities, healthcare providers, researchers, and government agencies to target resources where they are most effective in reducing the risks of mortality.

Mortality information is gathered from data recorded on the Certificate of Death for Louisiana residents. Data are recorded on these death certificates by funeral directors, who solicit demographic information from available next-of-kin, and by physicians or coroners, who record information on time, place, and cause of death. Louisiana law requires that funeral directors send death certificates to the Vital Records Registry within five days of the occurrence of a death. State laws also specify that the identities of persons included in the death registry be kept confidential.

Death statistics are compiled in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) regulations, which require member nations to classify causes of death according to the revision of the International Classification of Diseases, Injuries, and Causes of Death (ICD) in effect at the time of death. Currently, deaths are coded in accordance with the tenth revision (ICD-10).

Current 5-Year Death Trends

This section illustrates the five year trends of Deaths in Louisiana with charts and tables.

5-Year Death Charts, 2006-2010

Deaths Occurring in Louisiana, 2006-2010

Year

Number

2006

39,688

2007

39,969

2008

41,296

2009

40,450

2010*

40,541

Deaths of Louisiana Residents, 2006-2010

Year

Number

2006

39,581

2007

39,349

2008

40,741

2009*

40,069

2010*

40,064

*Indicates Preliminary Data

5-Year Death Tables, By Parish, 2006-2010

Death Data Tables

2009 Death Data Tables

2008 Death Data Tables