Difference Between Morbidity And Mortality

The terms morbidity and mortality are often related but not identical. Morbidity is the state of being unhealthy for a particular disease or situation, whereas mortality is the number of deaths that occur in a population. Read on to explore the difference between morbidity and mortality in detail.

Morbidity vs Mortality

Morbidity Mortality
The state of being unhealthy or diseased State of being mortal
Refers to
The count of ill people in a population
A count of deaths in a population
World Health Statistics by WHO
The Human Mortality Database developed
Morbidity/ Mortality rate
Based on the type of disease, gender, age, etc.
Child mortality rate, crude death rate, infant mortality rate, maternal mortality rate, etc.
ICU scoring systems
Number of deaths for every 100,000 people

What is Morbidity?

Morbidity refers to the state of being unhealthy. It applies to all the people affected by a disease in a particular region. The morbidity rate refers to the number of people affected by a particular disease. This helps health officials to make risk management and adopt national health systems according to the needs of the population.

What is Mortality?

Mortality shows the number of deaths in a particular population. It is expressed as the number of deaths per 100,000 people per year. It is measured with the help of systems such as SAPS II and III, APACHE-II, Glasgow, Coma scale, etc.

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