Coding causes of death to an international standard enables the comparability of mortality statistics over time and between countries.
Mortality coding involves the correct assignment of internationally defined codes to the conditions reported on death certificates, and the correct application of mortality coding rules when selecting the underlying cause of death. Coding produces an underlying cause i.e., the disease or condition which initiated the sequence of events resulting in death and, for most deaths, associated causes (any other diseases or conditions that contributed to the death but were not the underlying cause).
The material in this generic curriculum is aimed at providing guidance for coding of causes of death among Pacific Island countries. The curriculum is designed to support training on this topic among academic training institutions within the region.
Read the MCCD report.