Term: Child Mortality / Child Mortality Rate

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2020-07-17


The death of children aged 1 to 19 years, as reported in the Vital Statistics database. The child mortality rate is the number of deaths in a given year, expressed either per 1000 or 100,000 children in this age group. Because child death is a rare event, child mortality rates are presented by larger geographical regions.

In some MCHP research, the age range for children varies. For example, in Chartier et al. (2016) and Chartier et at. (2020), the age grouping was <= 19 years at time of death.

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