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Eur J Epidemiol. 2017 Sep;32(9):765-773. doi: 10.1007/s10654-017-0316-1. Epub 2017 Oct 5.

The Swedish cause of death register.

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1
Unit of Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, PO Box 210, 171 77, Stockholm, Sweden. hannah.brooke@ki.se.
2
Unit of Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, PO Box 210, 171 77, Stockholm, Sweden.
3
National Board of Health and Welfare, Stockholm, Sweden.
4
Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
5
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
6
Department of Paediatrics, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
7
Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
8
Department of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, USA.
9
Department of Oncology and Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Abstract

Sweden has a long tradition of recording cause of death data. The Swedish cause of death register is a high quality virtually complete register of all deaths in Sweden since 1952. Although originally created for official statistics, it is a highly important data source for medical research since it can be linked to many other national registers, which contain data on social and health factors in the Swedish population. For the appropriate use of this register, it is fundamental to understand its origins and composition. In this paper we describe the origins and composition of the Swedish cause of death register, set out the key strengths and weaknesses of the register, and present the main causes of death across age groups and over time in Sweden. This paper provides a guide and reference to individuals and organisations interested in data from the Swedish cause of death register.

KEYWORDS:

Cause of death; Death certificates; Epidemiology; Mortality; Register; Sweden

PMID:
28983736
PMCID:
PMC5662659
DOI:
10.1007/s10654-017-0316-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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