Provide an age-adjusted mortality rate (per 1,000) due to unintentional injury rate using the direct standardization approach for each community based on the data in the table below

Meadville and Barton are two small communities in the Northeast. During the 2005 calendar year, the overall mortality rate due to unintentional injury among 15–29 year olds were similar in both communities.

a. First, based on the data provided in the table below, provide the crude mortality rates (per 1,000) due to unintentional injury for Meadville and Barton, respectively. What do these rates indicate? Are they comparable? Show why they are or are not.

b. Provide an age-adjusted mortality rate (per 1,000) due to unintentional injury rate using the direct standardization approach for each community based on the data in the table below. Use the joint population as the standard. Compare and interpret your results.

Meadville Barton
Age Population # Deaths Population # Deaths
15-19 200 14 1000 20
20-24 1200 36 100 14
25-29 800 12 400 12
All ages 2200 62 1500 46

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