European detailed mortality database (DMDB)

Updated: July 2016

DMDB was developed in 2007 to provide user-friendly access to detailed data on mortality. It allows users to define and retrieve data by any combination of three-digit codes used in the International Classification of Diseases, ninth or tenth revisions (ICD-9 or ICD-10) and five-year age groups. It supplements the European Health for All database (HFA-DB) and the mortality indicators by 67 causes of death, age and sex (HFA-MDB), which provide data only for a predefined, limited set of aggregated causes of death.

All the data in DMDB are uploaded from the raw detailed data files of the global WHO mortality database, which is maintained at WHO headquarters, but are limited to the 53 countries in the WHO European Region and to the data files that have been submitted to WHO using three- or four-digit ICD-9 or ICD-10 coding or ICD-10 mortality tabulation list 1.

Users of DMDB are expected to have sufficient knowledge of ICD-9 and ICD-10.

DMDB is publicly available, and individuals or organizations may use the information on the condition that it is not used for commercial purposes.

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European detailed mortality database (DMDB). Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, [year]