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Mortality Detail Files, 1968-1991

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Mortality Detail Files Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
age; causes of death; death; death records; ethnicity; fatalities; gender; marital status; mortality rates; race
  • Abstract

    This data collection describes every death or fetal death registered per year in the United States from 1968-1991. Information includes the month and day of death for deaths prior to 1989 and the month of death for deaths in 1989 and after, the sex of the deceased, the age of the deceased at the time of death, the deceased's place of residence, place of death, and whether an autopsy was performed. Causes of death are coded using the eighth and ninth revisions of THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION OF DISEASES.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Performed consistency checks.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS6: Mortality, 1968
    • DS7: Mortality, 1969
    • DS8: Mortality, 1970
    • DS9: Mortality, 1971
    • DS10: Mortality, 1972
    • DS11: Mortality, 1973
    • DS12: Mortality, 1974
    • DS13: Mortality, 1975
    • DS14: Mortality, 1976
    • DS15: Mortality, 1977
    • DS16: Mortality, 1978
    • DS17: Mortality, 1979
    • DS18: Mortality, 1980
    • DS19: Mortality, 1981
    • DS20: Mortality, 1982
    • DS21: Mortality, 1983
    • DS22: Mortality, 1984
    • DS23: Mortality, 1985
    • DS24: Mortality, 1986
    • DS25: Mortality, 1987
    • DS26: Mortality, 1988
    • DS27: Mortality, 1989
    • DS28: Mortality, 1990
    • DS29: Mortality, 1991
Temporal Coverage
  • 1968 / 1991
    Time period: 1968--1991
  • 1968 / 1991
    Collection date: 1968--1991
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All deaths in the United States.
Collection Mode
  • There are no Parts 1-5 for this collection.

    The Reason-for-Death codes for 1968-1978 are different from those in subsequent years. A revised United States Standard Certificate of Death was recommended for state use beginning on January 1, 1989. Among the changes were the addition of a new item on educational attainment and changes to improve the medical certification of cause of death. In addition, for the first time, the United States Standard Certificate of Death includes a question on the Hispanic origin of the decedent.

    Starting with the 1989 vital event files, a new policy on the release of vital statistics unit record data files was implemented to prevent the inadvertent disclosure of the identities of individuals and institutions. As a result, the 1989 and later year files do not contain the actual day of the death or date of birth of the decedent.

    The geographic detail is also restricted.

    The previous title for this collection was MORTALITY DETAIL FILES, 1968-1978 [VOLUME I], 1979-1980 [VOLUME II], 1981-1982 [VOLUME III], 1983-1984 [VOLUME IV], 1985 [VOLUME V], 1986-1987 [VOLUME VI], 1988 [VOLUME VII], and 1989 [VOLUME VIII].

2010-08-10 The dataset order has been updated so that the datasets are listed in chronological order, and additional documentation has been made available.2007-03-09 Datasets 27, 28, 29 have been updated.2007-01-16 The setup files have been updated.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 12 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics (1984): Mortality Detail Files, 1968-1991. Archival Version. Mortality Detail Files Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.