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Incomplete birth certificates: a risk marker for infant mortality.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11772766     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the relationship between incomplete birth certificates and infant mortality.
METHODS: Birth certificates from California (n = 538 945) were assessed in regard to underreporting of 13 predictors of perinatal outcomes and mortality.
RESULTS: Of the birth certificates studied, 7.25% were incomplete. Underreporting was most common in the case of women at high risk for poor perinatal outcomes and infants dying within the first day. Increasing numbers of unreported items were shown to be associated with corresponding increases in neonatal and postneonatal mortality rates.
CONCLUSIONS: Incomplete birth certificates provide an important marker for identifying high-risk women and vulnerable infants. Because data "cleaning" will result in the removal of mothers and infants at highest risk, birth certificate analyses should include incomplete records.
Jeffrey B Gould; Gilberto Chavez; Amy R Marks; Hao Liu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  92     ISSN:  0090-0036     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  2002 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-04     Completed Date:  2002-01-22     Revised Date:  2013-06-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  79-81     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
School of Public Health, University of California, 309 Earl Warren Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-7630, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Birth Certificates*
Birth Weight
Continental Population Groups
Gestational Age
Hispanic Americans
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Age
Odds Ratio
Prenatal Care
Risk Factors

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