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Contributing cause of death

The contributing cause of death is recorded in the death certificate. The doctor will report in part II of the death certificate as contributing causes of death the reasons which have adversely affected the development of the condition leading to death and hence contributed to it. The contributing cause of death can be recognised from the data, but it is not used in the compilation of annual statistics.

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Validity of the definition

  • Valid until (31 December 2078)

Source organisation

  • WHO