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Occupational information on death certificates: a survey of state practices.
Kaminski R; Brockert J; Sestito J; Frazier T
Am J Publ Health 1981 May; 71(5):525-526
The coding and storage of occupational information was investigated at state and local vital registration offices. A survey questionnaire was inserted in an American Association for Vital Records and Public Health Statistics newsletter. Questions elicited information on the existence and type of records of workmen's occupations, business or industry, demography, cause of death, and mortality rates. Responses were obtained from 52 state and local vital registration offices. Eleven states routinely coded occupation, seven routinely coded industry, and six coded occupation and industry on a limited basis. Forty five states maintained mortality files in machine readable form; 40 states had coded files extending back to 1970, and 25 had files back to 1960. The authors recommend the coding of occupational and industrial information on death certificates to facilitate the increased use of mortality data for environmental and occupational related research.
NIOSH-Author; Information-processing; Information-systems; Mortality-rates; Medical-research; Storage-facilities; Biostatistics
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Public Health
Page last reviewed: November 6, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division