• We are sorry, but NCBI web applications do not support your browser and may not function properly. More information
Logo of pubhealthrepLink to Publisher's site
Public Health Rep. 2004 Mar-Apr; 119(2): 187–191.
PMCID: PMC1497614

Multiple-race mortality data for California, 2000-2001.


OBJECTIVES: To examine mortality rates and quality of race reporting for multiple-race individuals in California using the new multiple-race data available on the death certificate. METHODS: Death date were drawn from California vital statistics for 2000 and 2001. Denominator data were drawn from the 2000 census Modified Race Data Summary File. The authors calculated mortality rates and relative standard errors for multiple-race individuals as a whole and by county, and for the three largest reported multiple-race groups (African American and white, American Indian/Alaska Native and white, and Asian and white). RESULTS: Decedents reported to be of more than one race were disproportionately young, Hispanic, male, and never-married. Age-adjusted mortality rates for multiple-race groups were approximately one-sixth as high as rates for single-race individuals. There was substantial variability in rates for multiple-race decedents according to county of residence. CONCLUSIONS: Mortality rates for multiple-race people were implausibly low, and death certificates for multiple-race individuals were geographically clustered. Race reporting on death certificates will need to be improved before accurate death rates can be calculated for those of multiple races.

Full Text

The Full Text of this article is available as a PDF (50K).

Selected References

These references are in PubMed. This may not be the complete list of references from this article.
  • Anderson RN, Rosenberg HM. Age standardization of death rates: implementation of the year 2000 standard. Natl Vital Stat Rep. 1998 Oct 7;47(3):1–20. [PubMed]
  • Rosenberg HM, Maurer JD, Sorlie PD, Johnson NJ, MacDorman MF, Hoyert DL, Spitler JF, Scott C. Quality of death rates by race and Hispanic origin: a summary of current research, 1999. Vital Health Stat 2. 1999 Sep;(128):1–13. [PubMed]
  • Kelly JJ, Chu SY, Diaz T, Leary LS, Buehler JW. Race/ethnicity misclassification of persons reported with AIDS. The AIDS Mortality Project Group and The Supplement to HIV/AIDS Surveillance Project Group. Ethn Health. 1996 Mar;1(1):87–94. [PubMed]
  • Harwell Todd S, Hansen Dina, Moore Kelly R, Jeanotte Duane, Gohdes Dorothy, Helgerson Steven D. Accuracy of race coding on American Indian death certificates, Montana 1996-1998. Public Health Rep. 2002 Jan-Feb;117(1):44–49. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

Articles from Public Health Reports are provided here courtesy of Association of Schools of Public Health


Related citations in PubMed

See reviews...See all...

Cited by other articles in PMC

See all...


  • MedGen
    Related information in MedGen
  • PubMed
    PubMed citations for these articles

Recent Activity

Your browsing activity is empty.

Activity recording is turned off.

Turn recording back on

See more...