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Perinatal death recording: time for a change?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6781625     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The new perinatal death certificate proposed by the World Health Organisation was examined in relation to existing measures for recording perinatal death statistics and also with regard to new information gathered. Present procedures appear to underestimate the number of perinatal deaths by roughly 10%, though late registrations may lower this figure slightly. The use of a minimum birth weight as the criterion for inclusion in perinatal statistics removed much of the uncertainty associated with definitions of live birth and stillbirth. The new certificate led to duplication of some information already recorded through birth notification yet failed to provide information on some other factors generally considered relevant to perinatal mortality. The format proposed for recording cause of death provided a more logical presentation of events. Standardizing birth information recorded on all infants, modifying death certificates, and developing efficient record-linkage schemes would be more valuable than introducing the WHO certificate. Useful interpretation of the meaning of the characteristics of infants dying in the perinatal period awaits these timely changes.
M J Scott; J W Ritchie; B G McClure; M M Reid; H L Halliday
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British medical journal (Clinical research ed.)     Volume:  282     ISSN:  0267-0623     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Med J (Clin Res Ed)     Publication Date:  1981 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-05-13     Completed Date:  1981-05-13     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8302911     Medline TA:  Br Med J (Clin Res Ed)     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  707-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Death Certificates*
Fetal Death*
Gestational Age
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Northern Ireland
World Health Organization

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