Linking Mental Health Consumer Files with State Death Records: A Guide to Obtaining and Using Mortality Information to Evaluate the Needs and Outcomes of Consumer Populations
Bruce Dembling, Ph.D.
This Toolkit provides planners, statisticians, and researchers with the technical assistance necessary to use mortality data as a performance indicator by linking consumer files with state death records. Data from individual death certificates can help clinicians understand the risks faced by consumers, and evaluate the needs and outcomes of their specific populations over time. This Toolkit addresses the technical aspects of data acquisition, processing and analysis, and requires significant computing resources. It includes a CD ROM with electronic files used to build translation tables for cause of death codes, electronic links to state and federal agencies and resources, as well as a Bibliography of Related Readings.