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Educational achievement recorded on certificates of death compared with self-report.

TitleEducational achievement recorded on certificates of death compared with self-report.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsRosamond WD, Tyroler HA, Chambless LE, Folsom AR, Cooper L, Conwill D
JournalEpidemiology
Volume8
Issue2
Pagination202-4
Date Published1997 Mar
ISSN1044-3983
KeywordsAge Factors, Aged, Bias, Cohort Studies, Death Certificates, Educational Status, Ethnic Groups, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Reproducibility of Results, Risk Factors, Self Disclosure, Sex Factors, Socioeconomic Factors, United States
Abstract

This study reports the agreement of educational achievement obtained from death certificates with self-report among 249 persons. Education was categorized as: less than high school, high school education, and greater than high school education. The overall agreement rate was 84%. Death certificates provided a slight underestimation of educational achievement. The sensitivity and specificity of the death certificate in classifying a decedent as having less than a high school education were both 90%. Educational achievement determined from death certificates has substantial validity, and any misclassification that may occur is likely to be similar across ethnicity and gender groups.

DOI10.1097/00001648-199703000-00014
Alternate JournalEpidemiology
PubMed ID9229215
Grant ListN01-HC-55015 / HC / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
N01-HC-55016 / HC / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
N01-HC-55018 / HC / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States