Skip directly to searchSkip directly to the site navigationSkip directly to the page's main content

Health Event Counts

When communicating with health planning groups or legislators, the total number of health events, or the count, can convey the magnitude of a health problem, the prevention effort required, or the health care that may be needed. Table 1 shows some examples of counts.

Table 1: Number of Deaths for Four Leading Causes by Cause and Sex, Hawaii, 2011

Underlying Cause of Death Men Women Total
Circulatory, Heart disease
(ICD10: I00-I09, I11, I13, I20-I51)




Neoplasm, Malignant
(ICD10: C00-C97)




Injury, Unintentional injuries
(ICD10: V01-X59, Y85-Y86)




Respiratory, Chronic lower respiratory diseases (ICD10: J40-J47)




Source: Hawaii Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Hawaii State Department of Health Retrieved on December 14, 2012 from Hawaii State Department of Health, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health website:

Counts of health events are useful, but have limitations for those who need to compare populations of unequal size, for instance, a subpopulation with an overall state population. Knowing the population sizes can help to interpret counts, but computing a rate will allow direct comparison between populations of unequal size that are otherwise similar (e.g., similar age composition, similar culturally).

Proceed to the page on health event rates.

Please feel free to contact us if you have suggestions for additions or improvements to this website.

The information provided above is from the Hawaii Health Data Warehouse and the Hawaii State Department of Health's Hawaii-IBIS web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Sat, 22 February 2020 14:25:10 from Hawaii State Department of Health, Hawaii Health Data Warehouse, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: ".

Content updated: Fri, 11 Sep 2015 12:19:33 HST