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Epidemiology. 1996 Jul;7(4):437-9.

Validity of education information on the death certificate.

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  • 1National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.


We compared education as recorded on the death certificate with education ascertained before death from a household survey of 10,423 persons age 25 years or more who died in 1989. There was a tendency for the decedent's education to be reported at a higher level on the death certificate than at baseline. Of those who were reported as high school graduates on the death certificate, 38% reported that they had less than a high school education at baseline. The bias was more pronounced in older than younger decedents.

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