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The validity of information on "race" and "Hispanic ethnicity" in California birth certificate data.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11055453     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the validity of racial/ethnic information in California birth certificate data.
DATA SOURCES: Computerized birth certificate data and postpartum interviews with California mothers.
STUDY DESIGN AND DATA COLLECTION: Birth certificates were matched with face-to-face structured postpartum interviews with 7,428 mothers to compare racial/ethnic information between the two data sources. Interviews were conducted in Spanish or English during delivery stays at 16 California hospitals, 1994-1995.
PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The sensitivity of racial/ethnic classification in birth certificate data was very high (94 percent to 99 percent) for African Americans, Asians/Pacific Islanders, Europeans/Middle Easterners, and Latinas (Hispanics). For Native Americans, however, the sensitivity was only 54 percent. The positive predictive value of birth certificate classification of race/ethnicity was high for all racial/ethnic groups (96 percent to 97 percent).
CONCLUSIONS: Despite limited training of birth clerks, the maternal racial/ethnic information in California birth certificate data appears to be a valid measure of self-identified race and Hispanic ethnicity for groups other than Native Americans.
L Baumeister; K Marchi; M Pearl; R Williams; P Braveman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health services research     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0017-9124     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Serv Res     Publication Date:  2000 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-11-07     Completed Date:  2000-11-07     Revised Date:  2013-11-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0053006     Medline TA:  Health Serv Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  869-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco 94143-0900, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Certificates*
Continental Population Groups / classification*
Data Collection / standards
Ethnic Groups / classification
Hispanic Americans / classification*
Interviews as Topic
Vital Statistics*

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