Challenges in analysing data on causes of mortality

Time: 13:30 - 17:00

Venue: Blackett Lecture Theatre, Schuster Building, Brunswick Street, The University of Manchester

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A joint meeting between the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) Medical and Statistics and the Law Sections. 

A lot of research into causes of deaths for different population and patient groups use data that were not collected for such a purpose. There are particular caveats to how causes are coded within hospital and death certificate registration data that need to be acknowledged, in order to correctly interpret such analyses. The RSS Medical and Stats & the Law Sections have organised an afternoon of talks on these caveats and challenges.

Confirmed speakers and talks:

  • Mr Michael Singleton, Senior Coroner for Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley and lead coroner for the UK Disaster Victim Identification Cadre of Advisory Coroners - A coroner's perspective on the conclusion of suicide
  • Dr Peter Sidebotham, Associate Clinical Professor and Reader in Child Health, - One to two children per week? Challenges in interpreting data on deaths from child abuse and neglect
  • Dr Tim Millar, Reader, National Drug Evidence Centre, The University of Manchester - Measuring excess mortality in drug users
  • Dr Ben Windsor-Shellard, Mortality Analysis group, Office for National Statistics - Death certification and mortality statistics