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Accuracy of recorded asthma deaths in Denmark in a 12-months period in 1994/95.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10845437     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Many studies of asthma mortality rely on official registration. The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of death certificates, where asthma was coded as cause of death. In a 12-month period, medical information on all subjects with asthma officially coded as the underlying cause of death in Denmark, was obtained by reviewing hospital records, contacting general practitioners and sometimes close relatives. A panel of four pulmonologists each examined the obtained information and independently assessed the cause of death. Of a total of 218 death certificates, 39 were excluded as the cause of death could not be validated. In 16 (9%) of the subjects death from asthma was judged to be the definite cause of death and in 12 (7%) death from asthma was possible. Of 151 non-asthma deaths coded as due to asthma, 109 were judged to have suffered or died from COPD and 14 from heart disease. The accuracy of Danish death certification in asthma deaths is poor, especially in the elderly, where COPD is often classified as asthma. We conclude that the true asthma mortality in Denmark is substantially lower than officially recorded.
Authors:
K E Sidenius; E P Munch; F Madsen; P Lange; K Viskum; U Søes-Petersen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiratory medicine     Volume:  94     ISSN:  0954-6111     ISO Abbreviation:  Respir Med     Publication Date:  2000 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-10-03     Completed Date:  2000-10-03     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8908438     Medline TA:  Respir Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  373-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Respiratory medicine, Holbaek, Rigshospitalet, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Age Distribution
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Asthma / mortality*
Cause of Death
Death Certificates*
Denmark / epidemiology
Female
Humans
Lung Diseases, Obstructive / classification,  mortality
Male
Middle Aged
Sensitivity and Specificity

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