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Quality of death certificate occupation information.
Milham-S Jr.; Dubrow-R; Wegman-DH
J Natl Cancer Inst 1985 Feb; 74(2):539
A letter to the editor was presented which takes exception to a statement offered in an earlier paper which was critical of the caliber of information regarding occupational data obtained from death certificates. The letter indicated that in a study of Washington state death certificates, 75% of the listed occupations were verified through interview. In another 10% of the cases, the death certificate listed a related occupation. In Bristol, England there was no discrepancy between the occupation of men recorded at death registration and the next of kin interview in 79% of the cases and there was only a negligible discrepancy in another 6% of the cases. In Detroit the agreement was 73.2%; in Massachusetts, 75%. In a study of 32,707 death certificates from every state in the United States gathered from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, 93% indicated carpenter, cabinetmaker or some other occupation covered by the union. Another occupation was listed 6% of the time, and only 1% gave no occupation.
NIOSH-Author; Epidemiology; Mortality-data; Mortality-surveys; Data-processing; Information-systems; Information-processing; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis
Issue of Publication
Journal of the National Cancer Institute
MA; WA; OH
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