Under-75 mortality in adults with serious mental illness
The first domain of the NHS Outcomes Framework requires the NHS to prevent people from dying prematurely. One area for improvement in this domain is to reduce premature deaths in people with serious mental illness.
The indicator value is the ratio of the directly age-standardised mortality rate for people aged 18 to 74 who are in contact with secondary mental health services to the directly age-standardised mortality rate for the general population of the same age, expressed as a percentage.
The mortality rate in the mental health population is directly standardised to the national population. This is then compared to the national rate using a standardised mortality ratio.
The mental health population is defined as anyone who has been in contact with secondary mental healthcare services in the current financial year, or in either of the two previous financial years, who is alive at the beginning of the current financial year.
This indicator uses data from the mental health minimum dataset, Office of National Statistics (ONS) population estimates and ONS mortality data.
For full indicator specification, please see NHS Outcomes Framework 1.5.