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Ministry of Health

Foreword

The British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency is pleased to present the 2000 Annual Report, the one hundred and twenty-ninth published since the establishment of the Division of Vital Statistics in 1872. This report presents vital event related data based on information collected by the Agency from registrations of live births, stillbirths, deaths, and marriages, and updates the provisional statistics released throughout the year in the Agency's Quarterly Digest.

This publication contains tables, figures, and maps that summarize selected information about the health of British Columbians. The report includes a detailed glossary, defining the terms and statistical methods used in the body of the publication, a list of the Agency's recent publications, and a set of Information Boxes which supplement the standard tables.

The 2000 Annual Report, like previous reports, includes summary data for incorporated communities, as well as statistics for local health areas (LHA), health regions (HR), and the entire province. The boundaries of these data dissemination areas correspond to the Ministry of Health's Regional Health Boards, Community Health Service Societies, and Community Health Councils. As a result, the tables and statistics provided in this report have become standard health status indicators that are widely used by regional and provincial health care planners and managers.

This annual report is expected to be one of the first publications providing medical information using the most recent revision of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases (ICD) coding scheme. The tenth revision of ICD (ICD-10) was implemented at the beginning of the year 2000. Where possible, this report follows the format of previous annual reports that present data from the current year as well as data from the previous five years. Where changes in the ICD codes or changes in the rules for selection of the underlying cause of death are too extensive to allow these comparisons, tables provide data for the current year while Information Boxes provide data for earlier years.

Vital Statistics would like to acknowledge the assistance of many health professionals and institutions who are responsible for ensuring complete and accurate recording of vital events. This publication is the culmination of efforts from many groups and individuals who contribute to the continual improvement in the quality of the data, as well as the quality of this publication.

R.J. Danderfer
CEO/Director
British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency