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 - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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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, 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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