Note: The true counts of injury deaths by intent for 2000 and 2001 are not available and they are marked as such in Tables 1-1 - 1-5.
Before data for 2000, mortality medical information was based on manual coding of an underlying death for each certificate in accordance with WHO rules, and done locally by the Office of Vital Records. Effective with the 2000 data year, cause-of-death data presented in this publication were coded by the National Center for Health Statistics, using computerized procedures of SuperMICAR (Mortality Medical Indexing and Retrieval) and ACME (Automated Classification of Medical Entities) systems.
The conversion to computerized coding contributed to at least some of the breaks in comparability over time of cause-of-death statistics for drug-induced deaths, intentional self-harm (suicide), firearm-suicide, and accidental discharge of firearms (see Technical Notes).
Unprecedented decline in the number of suicides from 737 in 2000 to 600 in 2001, and the equally unprecedented increase in the number of injury deaths classified as accidental are obviously associated. Approximately 100 firearm fatalities, that would have been classified as suicides had the manual coding system been in place, were classified as accidents in 2001 because the "manner of death" was not indicated and the automated coding system defaulted to accidental injury.
The Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) can be used as an alternative source of injury data for Arizona for 2000 and 2001. WISQARS does not provide county-level data.