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ONS consultation on 'avoidable mortality' closes 12 April

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ONS consultation on 'avoidable mortality' closes 12 April

The Office for National Statistics consultation on the definitions of avoidable mortality for use across Government closes on Tuesday, 12 April. The consultation makes specific mention of COPD and Asthma and it is helpful for people to respond to say whether they agree or disagree with how these conditions are treated.

The consultation on definitions of avoidable mortality is available on the ONS website at the following link:
www.ons.gov.uk/about/consultations/open-consultations/definitions-of-avoidable-mortality/index.html

The consultation document  outlines some key issues in the definition of avoidable mortality, explains new definitions proposed by ONS, and seeks the views of statistics users and experts. Specific mention is made of COPD and asthma, and the consultation seeks to confirm the classifications for these conditions.

> Download the consultation document

 

The purpose of the new definitions is to ensure that clear, consistent and up-to-date measures are available to meet the needs of government and the public in this important area. 

In particular:

  • the new ONS definition of 'amenable' mortality will be used to define the overarching 'Mortality from causes considered amenable to healthcare' indicator in future iterations of Domain 1 of the NHS Outcomes Framework
  • the new ONS definition of 'preventable' mortality will be important for the Public Health Outcomes Framework


It is therefore important that they cover respiratory disease in their definitions.

ONS invites comments on any aspect of the consultation document but would find answers focussing on the following questions particularly helpful:

1. Do you agree with the general principles proposed, in the context of producing a National Statistics indicator? If not, how would you change them?
2. Do you agree with the proposals on age limits? If not, how would you change them?
3. Do you agree with the proposed conceptual definitions? If not, how would you change them?
4. Do you agree with the proposed causes of death to be included in amenable mortality? If not, what causes would you (a) add, or (b) remove?
5. Do you agree with the proposed causes of death to be included in preventable mortality? If not, what causes would you (a) add, or (b) remove?

The consultation deadline is Tuesday, 12th April 2011.  It is helpful that the ONS receive as many responses as possible, both if you you agree or disagree with the classifications. It is perfectly acceptable to send a very short response just on the respiratory indicators.