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Eur J Epidemiol. 1996 Aug;12(4):421-3.

Accuracy of death certification of pleural mesothelioma in Italy.

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  • 1Istituto Superiore di Sanità Rome, Italy.


In order to provide estimates of the accuracy of death certification of malignant pleural mesothelioma in Italy, the causes of death of a series of ascertained cases were investigated. The study included 523 cases of pleural mesothelioma diagnosed in 1984-1988 by 88 hospital departments and clinics. Vital status at 7 May 1990 was ascertained for 92.7% of subjects. The overall concordance between pathological diagnosis and death certification was about 75%.

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