Issues for causes of death data:
- A balance is maintained between accuracy (completeness) and timeliness, taking into account of the different needs of users and maximising the fitness for purpose of the data. Supporting documentation for causes of death statistics should be used to assess the fitness for purpose of the data to ensure informed decisions can be made.
- The timeliness of administrative information that supports cause of death coding can be impacted by legislative requirements, systems and resources available to maintain/update systems.
- To meet user requirements for timely data, information from the administrative source may need to be accessed before all relevant information is available (e.g. finalisation of coronial proceedings).