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Accuracy of birth certificate data by risk factors and outcomes: analysis of data from New Jersey.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17618747     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which the accuracy of birth certificate data varies by risk factors and birth outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: We reanalyzed data from a validation study of birth certificate data in New Jersey, focusing on subgroups of mothers according to marital status, age, race, ethnicity, English-language proficiency, prenatal care, transfer status, birthweight, and gestational age. RESULTS: Underreporting of birth certificate data elements varies by maternal characteristics (particularly English-language proficiency), transfer status, and birth outcomes. CONCLUSION: It is important to consider subgroup variations in data quality when birth certificate data are used for research. Additional studies are needed to explore the sources of variation in data quality and to assess the quality for additional subgroups, across subgroups in other states, in low-risk populations, and of new data items that were introduced in the 2003 revision of the US Standard Certificate of Live Birth.
Nancy E Reichman; Ofira Schwartz-Soicher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  197     ISSN:  1097-6868     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol.     Publication Date:  2007 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-09     Completed Date:  2007-09-06     Revised Date:  2007-12-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370476     Medline TA:  Am J Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32.e1-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pediatrics, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ 08903, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Certificates*
Infant, Newborn
New Jersey / epidemiology
Reproducibility of Results
Research Design
Risk Assessment
Risk Factors
Sensitivity and Specificity
Grant Support

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