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Avoidable Deaths from Treatable Causes

Current Trend

In 2011, the age-standardized rate of avoidable mortality from treatable causes was 87 per 100,000. Since 2003, the age-standardized rate of avoidable mortality from treatable causes in Chatham-Kent has increased but has not seen significant change. Overtime, Chatham-Kent has seen significantly higher age-standardized rates of avoidable mortality from preventable causes compared to Ontario. In 2015 the rate of avoidable mortality from treatable causes was 87.5 per 100,000 versus Ontario's rate of 67.5 per 100,000.

Desired Trend

A decrease in the age-standardized rate of avoidable mortality from treatable causes in Chatham-Kent.

Why is this measurement important?

In order to create a healthy and safe community, we need to take action on causes that may influence premature deaths (individuals dying before they reach 75 years old). Premature deaths can be subcategorized into avoidable and unavoidable deaths. Deaths from avoidable causes should not occur if the presence of timely and effective health care or other public health practices, programs and policy interventions are in place. Avoidable mortality from preventable causes includes deaths that could be avoided by preventing disease from developing or injury from occurring.

How is this measured?

Rate of individuals under 75 years of age who have died with a condition considered as treatable as the primary cause of death.