Cause of death statistics have a tradition in Austria dating back to the 19th century and provide important indicators for the health status of the population as well as key data for clinical and medical studies. These statistics are among the most reliable sources of health data in Austria, as in many other countries. Cause of death statistics provide information about the ultimate course of diseases in the population. The data obtained from cause of death statistics forms the basis for numerous scientific studies investigating geographical, demographic and socioeconomic variations in mortality for specific diseases. Research questions relate to the aetiology of diseases, the evaluation of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, the investigation of health problems in specific groups, and to the identification of areas in which deaths may be prevented.
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