Occupation and industry data obtained from death certificates: The effect and influence of case selection

David E. Nelson, G. Marie Swanson, Ann Grossbart Schwartz, Kelley Brix, Lawrence J. Fine

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    Abstract

    This study first examined the accuracy of death certificate diagnoses of 4,954 cases of cancer of the lung, liver, nasopharynx, and pleura/peritoneum, then compared usual occupation and indusry based on case selection from the Metropolitan Detroit Cancer Surveillance System (MDCSS), a population-based cancer registry, with cases selected from death certificates for the above types of tumors to examine the effect of misclassification. Accuracy of death certificate cancer diagnoses ranged from 93.4% for lung cancer to 28.6% for malignancies of the pleura/peritoneum. The mix of usual occupation/industry titles obtained from death certificate cases and MDCSS cases was similar for lung cancer but not for malignancies of the pleura/peritoneum (35.7% of cases from the registry v 11.1% from death certificates for the automobile industry, P =.05). The effect of misclassification and utility of usual occupation/industry statements on death certificates is discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)52-56
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Occupational Medicine
    Volume29
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 1987

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Nelson, D. E., Swanson, G. M., Schwartz, A. G., Brix, K., & Fine, L. J. (1987). Occupation and industry data obtained from death certificates: The effect and influence of case selection. Journal of Occupational Medicine, 29(1), 52-56.