Measures of multiple-cause mortality: a synthesis and a notational framework

Sulaiman Bah, M. Mahibbur Rahman


Over twenty different measures have been used for analyzing multiple-cause mortality data. Various measures are used in the different fields working with multiple-cause data. A review of the literature shows a general lack of standardization in the use of these measures and a lack of a notational framework for developing formulae for the different measures. This paper aims to make contributions towards closing these two gaps. It provides a synthesis of the literature on different measures and outlines a notational framework for developing multiple-cause mortality measures.


Sulaiman BAH, Department of Health Information Management and Technology, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. E-mail-

M. Mahibbur RAHMAN, Department of Statistics and Demography, University of Swaziland, Swaziland. E-mail:



Multiple-cause mortality; causes of death; mortality

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ISSN: 2035-5556

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