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Death: Clostridium Difficile

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many deaths of (a) males and (b) females in each age group where clostridium difficile was recorded as a cause of death took place in each of the last five years. (257178)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths of (a) males and (b) females in each age group where Clostridium difficile was recorded as a cause of death took place in each of the last five years. (257178)

The attached tables provide the number of deaths where Clostridium difficile was mentioned on the death certificate, either as the underlying cause (table 7) or as a contributing factor (table 2) for (a) males and (b) females, by age group for 2003 to 2007 (the latest year available).

Table 1. Deaths with an underlying cause of Clostridium difficile1, by age group and sex, England and Wales2, 2003-073

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Age

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

<45

0

2

0

0

2

2

1

9

3

5

45-54

2

2

3

1

6

9

10

8

8

13

55-64

6

17

19

12

20

23

27

38

51

46

65-74

39

49

37

63

81

104

150

168

163

207

75-84

116

223

185

284

301

465

463

785

595

829

85+

135

377

189

436

265

785

519

1,312

609

1,527

1 Identified using the methodology described in Office for National Statistics: Report: Deaths involving Clostridium difficile: England and Wales, 2001-2005. Health Statistics Quarterly 33,71-75.

2 Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents.

3 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

Table 2. Deaths where Clostridium difficile was mentioned as a contributory factor1,2, by age group and sex, England and Wales3, 2003-074

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Age

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

<45

1

6

1

3

4

4

3

21

10

12

45-54

7

4

9

6

11

19

22

18

27

35

55-64

12

27

29

27

49

41

86

84

157

134

65-74

93

86

97

118

168

190

339

333

442

457

75-84

261

410

348

534

594

851

1,001

1,446

1,338

1,742

85+

254

643

326

740

498

1,328

961

2,166

1,247

2,723

1 Identified using the methodology described in Office for National Statistics: Report: Deaths involving Clostridium difficile: England and Wales, 2001-2005. Health Statistics Quarterly 33, 71-75.

2 Figures presented in table 2 include those where Clostridium difficile was recorded as the underlying cause (table 1).

3 Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents.

4 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.