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crude death rate

Miquel Porta

Edited by John M. Last

in A Dictionary of Public Health

Second edition


Published online May 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191844386

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The frequency of death in a specified population during a specified period. It is calculated by dividing the number of deaths in the period by the estimated person-time at risk of dying during this period, usually a calendar year. The midperiod population is a convenient approximation. It is called the “crude” death rate because no adjustment is made to allow for age composition of the population or for other conditions or circumstances. Thus, comparisons of crude death rates in different populations have limited value and must be interpreted with caution....

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