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Mortality (deaths)

Understanding how much mortality is preventable is key to our work. Once we know this we can begin to develop ways to improve the health of the population in an evidence derived fashion.

Age standardised rates from preventable causes are significantly lower in Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) than the English average. 

Rates of preventable deaths are better than England in Dorset for both CVD and Cancer.

Key Statistics

The full list of mortality indicators produced by Public Health England are available through their Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF). * indicates a statistically significant difference from the respective English Average.

Key statistics for Mortality (deaths)
IndicatorBCPDorset South WestEngland
Preventable Mortality rate (per 100,000 persons) 170.5* 149.2* 167.2*


Preventable CVD mortality rate (per 100,000 under 75s) 36.0* 35.2* 39.1* 45.3
Preventable cancer mortality rate (per 100,000 under 75s) 77.1 67.4* 70.1* 81.1
Infant mortality (rate per 1,000 live births) 4.4 3.6 3.3* 3.9

 Source: PHOF (2016-18, accessed 01/07/2020)

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