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Table 1 Analysis of death certificates to establish cause of death and life-limiting condition

From: Evidence-based planning and costing palliative care services for children: novel multi-method epidemiological and economic exemplar

Death certificate analysis age 0 to 19 years 2002-7 Overall Picture
1052 deaths
569/1052 (54%) deaths from life-limiting conditions
887 causes of death recorded
  196/887 (22%) causes of death were considered life-limiting.
420/887 children died from 176 life-limiting conditions ICD 10 Chapter [27]
II - C or D I- A IV- E VI- G IX- I X – XVI J or P XVII- Q
neoplasms, diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs; certain disorders involving the immune mechanism infectious and parasitic diseases endocrine, nutritional and metabolic disease diseases of the nervous system diseases of the circulatory system), diseases of the respiratory system; certain conditions originating in the perinatal period) congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities
104/420 (25%) 50/420 (12%) 24/420 (6%) 88/420 (21%) 36/420 (9%) 30/420 (7%) 54/420 (13%)
Only seven individual life-limiting conditions (4%) caused more than 10 deaths in children
169/887 neonatal deaths from life-limiting conditions ICD 10 Chapter [27]
XVI- P XVII- Q
certain conditions originating in the perinatal period congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities
92/169 (54%) 73/169 (43%)
97% deaths were caused by only two life-limiting conditions