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Mortality Dataset :: Help

Finding datasets

Datasets will be added to LA HealthDataNow! on an ongoing basis. However, it is possible that the dataset you are looking for is not yet available, or (if it contains sensitive or individual level data) that it is not appropriate for distribution over the world-wide web. If so, please contact the unit of the Department of Public Health that monitors the health issue of interest to you and ask whether they can provide summary statistics.

 

Saving query results

Most LA HealthDataNow! queries offer the user the option to download results as PDF or RTF files. After running a query, check the query documentation directly below the query results. It will probably contain links (pictured below) that allow you to download PDF or RTF files.

 

Selecting multiple options in a list

Some queries contain lists from which you may select multiple options. For example, you might want to query mortality from both heart disease AND diabetes. In order to do so, you can hold down the control key and click on each option individually. Alternatively, if the options are adjacent to each other in the list, you may click on the first, then hold down your mouse button while you mouse over the other.

 

Should I choose to present all variables simultaneously or separately?

That depends. Presenting all variables simultaneously provides more information, but sometimes more information is confusing. For example, if you ask for statistics by year and sex, presenting variables simultaneously would give you the a table like the following:

Year Sex Number of Deaths
2000 Male 1,241
2000 Female 1,474
2001 Male 1,301
2001 Female 1,450
2002 Male 1,445
2002 Female 1,402

while presenting them separately would give you two tables like the following:

Year Number of Deaths
2000 2,715
2001 2,751
2002 2,847
Sex Number of Deaths
Male 3,987
Female 4,326

The first scenario provides you with more information; you can track trends over time sperately in males and females (in this example, mortality is increasing in males and decreasing in females). Or you can make comparisons by gender for each year presented. However, the second scenario provides you with tables that are less cluttered and may make it easier to conduct simple summary comparisons by year or by sex.

Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
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