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Undetermined manner of death. A comparison with unintentional injury, suicide, and homicide death.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10183268     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Injury deaths can be grouped into four general categories: accident, homicide, suicide, and undetermined. The present study investigates the use of the "undetermined" category. External cause of death, as well as demographic and other variables, were abstracted from death certificates of the 386,936 Californians who died of an injury between 1969 and 1991. Differences among the four manner-of-death groups were examined, and characteristics of the decedent and the injury event were used to predict a classification of undetermined. Coroners classified 1.9% of the deaths as undetermined in manner. Deaths of women, Blacks, Asians, and Native Americans; the very young and the middle aged; or those involving poisoning or submersion were most likely to be classified as undetermined. Acknowledging that individual coroner judgment may not be free of bias, these findings can help provide a better estimate of the frequency and the epidemiologic features of injury deaths that are assigned to the category of undetermined.
S B Sorenson; H Shen; J F Kraus
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Evaluation review     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0193-841X     ISO Abbreviation:  Eval Rev     Publication Date:  1997 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-10-21     Completed Date:  1998-10-21     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8004942     Medline TA:  Eval Rev     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  43-57     Citation Subset:  T    
Violence Prevention Research Group, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents / statistics & numerical data
Aged, 80 and over
California / epidemiology
Cause of Death
Child, Preschool
Homicide / ethnology,  statistics & numerical data
Infant, Newborn
Logistic Models
Middle Aged
Minority Groups / statistics & numerical data
Odds Ratio
Risk Factors
Suicide / ethnology,  statistics & numerical data
Wounds and Injuries / ethnology,  mortality*
Grant Support
R49/CCR903622//PHS HHS

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