Years of Potential Life Lost

Purpose

To determine the leading causes of death in younger age groups to identify populations at risk, monitor trends evaluate program effectiveness, and prioritize resources.

Key Information

Age at death. Cause of death.

Rhode Island Numbers

  • Top causes for premature death among females were: cancer, unintentional injury, conditions of the perinatal period and heart disease.
  • Top causes among males were: unintentional injuries, heart disease and cancer.
  • Rhode Islands years of potential life lost age adjusted rate per 100,00 for all causes of death was 3591.5 which was 18% lower than the national rate (4396.0) but higher than Connecticut (3461.8) and Massachusetts (3277.6).

RatesAge-adjusted per 100,000 population.