Mortality Module—Broad Groups
(50 Cause-of-Death Categories)
(Module Revised January 2013)
This module creates statistics on mortality among Wisconsin residents. It creates tables showing the numbers and rates of death by cause
of death, year, geographic area, age, sex, race and ethnicity.
This Broad Groups version combines all causes of death
into 50 categories defined by the National Center for Health Statistics. More detailed categories are available in the
Detailed Groups version, which uses 113 categories of causes.
Please note that a major revision to the classification system for causes of death was implemented in 1999. Caution should be used in
comparing numbers or rates before and after that revision. See
Trend Analysis Caution for details.
To shape your query, first decide the mortality measure you want, such as counts, rates or age-adjusted rates. Your measure can be
presented for selected causes of death, for ranked causes, or for years of potential life lost.
You may focus on certain counties or regions; select the most recent year or a range of years back to 1989; and select age, race, or
ethnicity groups. Finally, choose row and column variables for your table from a list that includes cause of death, geographic area,
years, age, sex, race and ethnicity.
Note: To see statistics for specific causes of death, you must
specify one or more causes in the drop-down list above AND choose
"Causes of Death" as a ROW or COLUMN variable in step 6 or 7 below.
If you submit your request for a table at this point, you will see results for Wisconsin statewide for the latest available
data year (2011).
Step 3. Choose One or More Geographic Areas
You can ask for data for the entire state of Wisconsin or for smaller geographic areas. All locations refer to place of
All Areas: Include resident deaths from all areas. (This is the default option.) Region: Click on the "Region"
button. Then click on one region, or hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and click on multiple regions. County: Click on the "County" button. Then click on one county, or hold down the Control
(Ctrl) key and click on multiple counties.
Note: To see results for individual areas, first select the areas of interest here, then choose "Geographic Area" as
a ROW or COLUMN variable in Step 6 or 7 below.
Step 4. Choose One or More Years
You can choose to see data for the latest available year (2011). Or you can choose to see one or more single years, or one or more groups of years. Note: If you are requesting data
for a small population, it is often useful to combine years of data. WISH suppresses small numbers (when cell size
is less than 5) to comply with Wisconsin vital records data privacy guidelines.
One or more years: Click on a year, or hold down the Control
(Ctrl) key and click on multiple years. Specify your own years: Click on this button, then enter the years of interest.
Note: To see results for a series of years (or a series of year groups), first select the years of interest here,
then choose "Years" as a ROW or COLUMN variable in step 6 or 7 below.
1999-2011 Mortality (ICD-10):
1989-1998 Mortality (ICD-9):
Step 5. Choose a Specific Subpopulation (Optional)
Choose to include only some age, sex, or race groups. To select more than one
group (but not all), hold down the Control key and click on each selection.
Step 6. CHOOSE A ROW VARIABLE
Step 7. CHOOSE A COLUMN VARIABLE (Optional)
Note: Cannot be used with a "Ranked Causes" query.