Immediate cause of death

Immediate cause of death refers to the disease, failure of injury whose symptoms cause the person to die. However, the actual mechanism of death, e.g. cardiac arrest, are not regarded as immediate causes of death. The immediate cause of death is recorded in the death certificate and saved in the statistical data files, 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