Table 1

Selected avoidable deaths
Cause of death Intervention ICD9 code Age-groups
Deaths amenable to both medical care and public health 001-999 0-64
Ischemic heart disease Public health 410-414, 429.2 35-64
Smoking cessation, lifestyle modification
Medical care
Pharmacotherapy, angioplasty, surgery
Deaths amenable to medical care
Tuberculosis Immunization, contact tracing, pharmacotherapy 010-018, 137 5-64
Malignant neoplasm of the breast [breast cancer] Screening, surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy 174 25-64
Malignant neoplasm of the cervix uteri [cervical cancer] Screening, surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy 180 15-64
Malignant neoplasm of the uterus [uterine cancer] Screening, surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy 179, 182 15-64
Hodgkin's disease Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, 201 15-64
Hypertension and cerebrovascular disease Pharmacotherapy, carotid endarterectomy 401-405, 430-438 35-64
Asthma Pharmacotherapy 493 5-44
Gastric and duodenal ulcer [ulcers] Pharmacotherapy, surgery 531-534 25-64
Appendicitis Surgery 540-543 5-64
Hernia Surgery 550-553 5-64
Cholelithiasis, cholecystitis and cholangitis [Gallbladder diseases] Pharmacotherapy, surgery 575-476 5-64
Complications of pregnancy [Maternal mortality] Pharmacotherapy, surgery 630-676 0-64
Perinatal conditions Screening, pharmacotherapy, surgery 760-779 > 28 weeks, gestation < 1 week and stillbirths
Deaths amenable to public health
Malignant neoplasm of the trachea, bronchus and lung [Lung cancer] Smoking cessation, lifestyle modification 162 35-64
Accidents/Poisonings/Violence [Injuries] Legislation, safety equipment 800-999 0-64

Adapted from the European Community Working Group on Health Services and Avoidable Deaths, 1997 and reproduced from James et al [27].

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