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

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    Death Certificates
    Occupations
    Industry
    Pleura
    Peritoneum
    Neoplasms
    Lung Neoplasms
    Registries
    Automobiles
    Nasopharynx
    Liver Neoplasms
    Population

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    • 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.

    Occupation and industry data obtained from death certificates : The effect and influence of case selection. / Nelson, David E.; Swanson, G. Marie; Schwartz, Ann Grossbart; Brix, Kelley; Fine, Lawrence J.

    In: Journal of Occupational Medicine, Vol. 29, No. 1, 01.1987, p. 52-56.

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    Nelson, DE, Swanson, GM, Schwartz, AG, Brix, K & Fine, LJ 1987, 'Occupation and industry data obtained from death certificates: The effect and influence of case selection', Journal of Occupational Medicine, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 52-56.
    Nelson, David E. ; Swanson, G. Marie ; Schwartz, Ann Grossbart ; Brix, Kelley ; Fine, Lawrence J. / Occupation and industry data obtained from death certificates : The effect and influence of case selection. In: Journal of Occupational Medicine. 1987 ; Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 52-56.
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