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Am J Public Health. 1988 Feb;78(2):168-72.

The 1989 revisions of the US Standard Certificates of Live Birth and Death and the US Standard Report of Fetal Death.

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Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, MD 20782.


The US Standard Certificates and Reports are models used by state vital statistics offices to develop documents for the collection of data about vital events. The 1989 revisions incorporate some major modifications to previous versions. Both the Standard Certificate of Live Birth and the Standard Report of Fetal Death utilize a checkbox format to elicit information on medical and other risk factors affecting the pregnancy, complications of labor and/or delivery, obstetric procedures, method of delivery, congenital anomalies, and abnormal conditions of the newborn. Revisions to the Standard Certificate of Death include modifications to the medical certification section and the addition of decedent's educational attainment. Items requesting information about Hispanic origin are added to all of these documents. The rationale behind these changes and their intended use are discussed.

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