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DATA PRESENTATION

Cause of death registry

DATABASE

Primary variables


Additional cause of death

Age at death

Cause of death

CPR No.

Date of death

Death - location

Gender

Information on any post mortem

Municipality of residence

Introduction

The Cause of Death Register (DAR) contains data on the cause of death, date and place and post mortem. DAR also contains data on the deceased's gender, age and municipality of residence. New data is added to the register every time someone dies.

In its present form, DAR goes back to 1970. Since 2002, the variables in the register differ from the previous period.

For more than 100 years, the Danish Health Authority has been registering causes of death on the basis of death certificates (from and including 1 November, registration of causes of death has switched to the Danish Health Data Authority). Since 1 January 2007, it has been mandatory to submit death certificates electronically via the Health Data Authority's electronic reporting system (SEI).

More details

Abbreviation
DAR
Type
Health monotoring
Purpose
Administration

Collection Period

Collection Period
Coverage
Nationwide
Population
The Cause of Death Register holds data on individuals with a Danish CPR number and Danish residence who have died in Denmark since and including 1970
Database Categories

Application requirements

Scientific Services at The Danish Health Data Authority

Scientific Services (Danish: Forskerservice) at The Danish Health Data Authority is a Joint port of access to pseudo anonymized data that the Danish Health Data Authority are responsible for. Scientific Services works to support health research in Denmark, by providing access to, as well as advising on use of the National Danish health data.

Via Scientific Service researchers can obtain access to these data, either in a safe environment on the Research Mashine (Danish: Forskermaskinen) or by ordering data extractions that are delivered directly to the researcher.

To apply for access to data, a list of requirements must be obtained. A Project description and an extension description must be attached, containing information about which registries, variables, population and period that are applied for. Furthermore, the Danish Data Protection Agency (Danish: Datatilsynet) must approve the research project, and the approval should be attached to the application. If the research project includes direct contact with humans or human biological material, The National Committee on Health Research Ethics must also approve the project.

Application process

  • Use Scientific Services (Danish: Forskerservice) as application portal
  • Initial case processing
  • Preliminary approval of the permissions
  • Bidding
  • Acceptance of data access
  • Programming
  • Data access via the Research Machine (Danish: Forskermaskinen)

 

Legislation

As a public authority and data processor The Danish Health Data Authority are subject to Danish laws for treatment of personal data, that should secure that the Danish health data are treated right. These legislations include The Act on Processing of Personal Data (Danish: Persondataloven) and The Danish Act of Health (Danish: Sundhedloven).

Contact information

Data owner
Danish Health Data Authority
Contact data owner
Ørestads Boulevard 5
2300 København S
Website - data owner
sundhedsdatastyrelsen.dk/da
Data administrator
Danish Health Data Authority
Contact data administrator
Claudia Ranneries
T: 32 68 51 28
E: clra@sundhedsdata.dk
Website - data administrator
sundhedsdatastyrelsen.dk/da/registre-og-services/om-de-nationale-sundhedsregistre/doedsaarsager-og-biologisk-materiale/doedsaarsagsregisteret