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Representativeness of deaths identified through the injury-at-work item on the death certificate: implications for surveillance.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1836109     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: This research investigated the accuracy of the injury-at-work item on the death certificate for surveillance of occupational injury deaths in Oklahoma during 1985 and 1986. METHODS: Representativeness of occupational injury deaths identified by death certificates was assessed by comparing these deaths with all occupational injury deaths identified through death certificates, workers' compensation reports, medical examiner reports, and OSHA records for categories of occupation, industry, and external causes of death. RESULTS: Certain external causes of death (e.g., motor vehicle traffic deaths) and certain occupations (e.g., farming) and industries (agriculture and services) are more often underidentified through death certificates. CONCLUSIONS: The findings of this study support Baker's observation that no single data source contains all deaths or all the data elements necessary to describe occupational injury deaths. Data sources may be combined to improve representativeness through more complete case ascertainment.
J Russell; C Conroy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  81     ISSN:  0090-0036     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  1991 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-01-16     Completed Date:  1992-01-16     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1613-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research, Morgantown, WVa.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Occupational / mortality*
Cause of Death
Coroners and Medical Examiners / statistics & numerical data
Databases, Factual / standards
Death Certificates*
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Industry / statistics & numerical data
Medical Record Linkage / standards
Occupations / statistics & numerical data
Oklahoma / epidemiology
Population Surveillance / methods*
United States
United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration / statistics & numerical data
Workers' Compensation / statistics & numerical data
Wounds and Injuries / mortality*

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