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J Clin Epidemiol. 2001 Mar;54(3):239-44.

Recording of diabetes on death certificates. Has it improved?

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National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MS K-26, 4770 Buford Hwy., NE, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA. JXW6@CDC.GOV

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether the recording of diabetes on death certificates improved from 1986 to 1993.

METHOD:

Comparison of two National Mortality Follow-back Surveys that selected independent samples of death certificates with the purpose of obtaining information from informants about the decedents.

RESULTS:

The recording of diabetes on death certificates did not improve from 1986 to 1993.

CONCLUSION:

Periodic monitoring of the accuracy of death certificates is essential for proper interpretation of mortality statistics which are routinely used to describe the burden of diabetes in our society.

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11223321
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