Purpose: To register deaths occurring in Rhode Island and to Rhode Island residents whenever the death occurs.
Key Information: Cause of death, and basic demographics for all people who die in Rhode Island and Rhode Island residents who die out-of-state.
Collection Period: Ongoing, data collected since 1983. Preliminary data on deaths occurring in Rhode Island are available within one year after the end of the calendar year. Final data, including out-of-state deaths of Rhode Island residents, are available no sooner than 2 years after the end of the calendar year.
How data are collected: Funeral Directors report the data to the Office of Vital Records. They obtain the cause of death from attending physicians.