Public use data tape documentation : Multiple cause of death for ICD-9 data 1979 data
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Public use data tape documentation : Multiple cause of death for ICD-9 data 1979 data

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      Information on all causes of death reported on the approximately two mill~on death certificates filed in the United States - annually has been coded since 1968 as a part of the NCHS multiple cause of death program. The data are released to the public in a variety of ways including published reports, special tabulations to answer data requests, and data tapes containing a statistical record for each death occurring in the United States. This document is intended to provide guidance to the consumer in accessing and utilizing the multiple cause of death public use tape file which covers deaths occurring in the United States during 1979. Each record on the annual tape file contains two multiple cause of death fields which have been coded using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9). In addition, underlyingc ause, demographic, and geographic detail data accompanies the multiple cause data. The tape file contains the complete level of detail coded by NCHS except where precluded by confidentiality restrictions or lack of data reliability. This document provides the technical data processing information necessary to access the tapes and the classification structure and coding rules applied to create each variable on the file such that the user can readily assess relevance at varying levels of detail to his/her own particular research. Additionally, it conveys the characteristics of the multiple cause fields sufficient to guide the user in analyzing and interpreting multiple cause data. The user i.salerted to certain pitfalls of interpretation, and the appropriateness of each type of multiple cause data to given applications is discussed.


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