Consultation outcome

Review of avoidable mortality definition

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

Consultation outcome on ONS website

Original consultation


To ensure that our mortality data continues to meet your needs we are reviewing our current definitions of avoidable mortality.

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Consultation description

Avoidable mortality is based on the concept that premature deaths from certain conditions should be rare, and ideally should not occur if there are timely and effective healthcare or public health interventions.

We plan to review the list of causes of death considered avoidable, along with the associated age limits, every three years, and are now seeking your views to assist with this process.

The definition of avoidable mortality requires regular review because deaths from a condition, which was previously not considered avoidable, may have become avoidable following medical advances and public health interventions. There may also be a case for reviewing the age limits within which deaths are considered avoidable, in light of increasing life expectancy and improvements to cause of death coding at older ages. You can submit your responses using our online questionnaire. You can also respond by post or email.


Postal address: Mortality Analysis team Office for National Statistics – Room 1059 Government Buildings Cardiff Road Newport NP10 8XG

Published 20 May 2015
Last updated 24 February 2016 + show all updates
  1. Consultation outcome on ONS website
  2. The closing date of this consultation has been extended from 1 July 2015 to 31 July 2015.
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