Causes of Death in Kosovo, 2020

  • 20/12/2022

The Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS) has released the statistics on "Causes of Death in Kosovo" for the year of 2020.

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 year 2020 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 in the areas where their interest is focused. The death questionnaire - DEM-2 - in which the section "Medical death certificate" is found, the question - the cause of death, enables the illness, trauma or injury that caused the death to be correctly recorded. The same have been processed and tabulated according to ICD-10. The standard grouping and presentation in tables enables analysis and comparisons with other countries. The coding of diseases according to the International Classification of Diseases, the third revision (ICD-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 2020, 67.1% are coded (encrypted, with diagnosis), while 32.9% are unencrypted (without diagnosis).

According to the codification of the cause of death, in Kosovo "diseases of the blood circulation system" lead, after "diseases of the blood circulation system" comes the group of diseases "Tumors".

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