Causes of Death in Kosovo, 2014/2015

  • 27/12/2018

The Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS) has published statistics on "Causes of Death in Kosovo" in 2014/2015.

The results of the causes of death are processed in analytical manner and in standard tables according to the classifications recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Eurostat.

The publication of the Causes of Death in Kosovo for the years 2014/2015 was compiled on the basis of the processing of the "Medical Death Certificate" section of the statistical questionnaire on death, DEM-2.

This publication was made possible through the joint work of KAS and the National Institute of Public Health of Kosovo (NIPHK).

The processing of information on Causes of Death in Kosovo provides wide possibilities for medical analysis. The standard grouping and table layout enables analysis and comparison with other countries. The code of the diseases according to the International Classification of Diseases, the third revision (SNC - 10), is evaluated by WHO as the latest analytical coding that is applied today by developed countries.

To carry out this important statistical research, it is imperative that physicians or doctors in hospitals, clinics, medical centers, ambulances, etc. to make a description of the diagnosis in the DEM-2 statistical questionnaire at question 23 – Cause of decease from the patient's "history" for hospitals, "medical chart" for the persons treated in the ambulance or from any valid document from which there is clearly a diagnosis of the deceased person.

Of the total deaths reported in 2014, 79.4% are coded (with diagnosis), while 20.6% are unencrypted (without diagnosis). In 2015, 81.8% of deaths are coded (with diagnosis), while 18.2% of deaths are unencrypted (without diagnosis). Participation of unencrypted deaths is a consequence of lack of diagnosis by competent medical personnel for ascertaining the death and cause of death.

According to the codification of the cause of death in Kosovo in 2014, the most numerous deaths are from: diseases of the circulatory system (61.0%); tumor diseases (17.4%); diseases with symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory outcomes (4.1%), etc. Whereas, in 2015, the most numerous deaths are from: diseases of the circulatory system (62.7%); tumor diseases (14.7%); respiratory diseases (5.4%), etc.