The purpose of this report is to provide information concerning injury mortality among infants, children (ages 1-14) and adolescents (ages 15-19) in Arizona. The data for 1997 are placed in a temporal context by comparison with the data for the preceding ten years.


Data on the number and characteristics of injury deaths among Arizona residents 19 years old or younger were obtained from the death certificates filed with the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In this report, fatal injuries as the underlying cause of death are defined and coded according to ICD-9* in the following manner:

Population denominators for Arizona residents, used to calculate rates, are projections from the Population Statistics Unit in the Arizona Department of Economic Security (data for 1987-1989 and 1993-1997) and the U.S. Census Bureau (data for 1990 and data by ethnic group for 1997). Detailed population data by gender, age and county were unavailable for 1991-1992. In order to obtain the population denominators for these two years, the 1990 percentages of population breakdowns (or census shares) were applied to 1991 and 1992 total state or county population estimates published by the DES.

*International Statistical Classification of Diseases, Injuries and Causes of Death.Geneva: World Health Organization, 1977.

This report was prepared and made Web-ready by Christopher K. Mrela, Ph.D. & José M. Jiménez, M.P.H.

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