Mercer County Public Health Profile Report
Deaths due to Kidney Disease: Deaths per 100,000 Standardized Population, 2018-2020
Mercer11.3 95% Confidence Interval(9.3 - 13.2)Description of the Confidence IntervalThe confidence interval indicates the range of probable true values for the level of risk in the community.
A value of "NA" (Not Available) will appear if the confidence interval was not published with the NJSHAD indicator data for this measure.
Mercer Compared to State
Description of Gauge
Description of the GaugeThis graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
- Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
- Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
Why Is This Important?Kidney disease was the tenth leading cause of death among New Jersey residents and in the nation as a whole in 2020.
How Are We Doing?More than 1,600 New Jersey residents die due to kidney disease each year. The age-adjusted death rate due to kidney disease declined through 2013, but since then there has been a slight intermittent increase through 2020. The rate among Blacks remains more than double the rate among other racial/ethnic groups. Additionally, the rate among Blacks and Asians increased noticeably between 2019 and 2020 while only increasing slightly among Hispanics and decreasing among Whites. It is conceivable that the COVID-19 pandemic caused an increase in deaths due to delays in medical care and fears of going to the hospital and being exposed to COVID. In the total population and among each racial/ethnic group, males have a higher death rate than females. County rates range from a low of 5 deaths per 100,000 residents (age-adjusted) in Hunterdon to a high of 23 in Cumberland.
Evidence-based Practices[https://www.cdc.gov/kidneydisease/prevention-risk.html Prevention and Risk Management]
Health Status Outcomes:
Data SourcesDeath Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health Population Estimates, [https://www.nj.gov/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Measure Description for Deaths due to Kidney Disease
Definition: Deaths with nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis (kidney disease) as the underlying cause of death. ICD-10 codes: N00-N07, N17-N19, N25-N27
Numerator: Number of deaths due to kidney disease
Denominator: Total number of persons in the population