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Detail Mortality 2001

Detail Mortality, 2001

Documentation of the Mortality Tape File for 2001 Data

Compressed (zip) format:

This compressed file contains 2 files in simple text fixed format:
MORT01 - United States data
MORT01PS - Guam, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands data

These are underlying cause-of-death public-use files for the year 2001 and are released for each data year. Each file contains a data record for all deaths processed by National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Each data record contains underlying cause and demographic data for a death. The first file contains the data for the entire country excluding the territories and the second file contains data for all the territories. The Detail file's records encompass the first 159 characters of the Multiple Cause file's records. Effective with 1999 data, cause of death information is classified according to the tenth revision of The International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10).

Source for this dataset and documentation is

Systems Programming and Statistical Resources Branch
Division of Vital Statistics,
National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

CC36 dataset was created on the mainframe on October 16, 2003 and the documentation is as of November 14, 2003.

*Note: As of November 14, 2003, only partial documentation is available. As soon as National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) provides the remaining sections of the documentation, it will be updated.

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This page last reviewed: Thursday, January 28, 2016
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