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The effect of inaccuracies in death certification and coding practices in the European Economic Community (EEC) on international cancer mortality statistics.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3667039     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An investigation into the effect of national death certification and coding practices on published mortality statistics in eight EEC countries is reported. Doctors in each country were asked to complete specimen death certificates for a bank of written case histories. Certificates from each country were coded by their own offices and then by a WHO reference centre. Within and between countries, discrepancies occurred both in the doctors' diagnoses and in the codes assigned to certificates. At an international level these differences had serious implications for the comparability of mortality data for cancers of the cervix and uterus, and for mesotheliomas.
M Kelson; M Farebrother
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of epidemiology     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0300-5771     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Epidemiol     Publication Date:  1987 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-12-08     Completed Date:  1987-12-08     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802871     Medline TA:  Int J Epidemiol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  411-4     Citation Subset:  IM; J    
University of London Institute of Education, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Cause of Death*
Death Certificates*
Melanoma / classification
Mesothelioma / classification
Neoplasms / classification,  mortality*
Pleural Neoplasms / classification
Skin Neoplasms / classification
Stomach Neoplasms / classification
Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / classification
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / classification

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