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Bias in congenital malformations information from the birth certificate.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1925976     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An analysis of 1983 data from California birth certificates, and from the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program case registry, showed that there is a bias in reporting of congenital malformations on the birth certificate. Hospitals with many births erroneously report lower malformation rates than do hospitals with few births. The bias is partly due to the source of information; larger hospitals are more likely to get their information about malformations from the obstetrician than from the pediatrician. Since malformation data recorded on the birth certificate is both incomplete and biased, at present it is advisable to use these data for epidemiologic analyses with great caution.
A C Hexter; J A Harris
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Teratology     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0040-3709     ISO Abbreviation:  Teratology     Publication Date:  1991 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-11-13     Completed Date:  1991-11-13     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0153257     Medline TA:  Teratology     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  177-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
California Birth Defects Monitoring Program, California Department of Health Services, Emeryville 94608.
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MeSH Terms
Bias (Epidemiology)*
Birth Certificates*
Congenital Abnormalities / epidemiology*
United States / epidemiology

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