Public use data tape documentation : Multiple cause of death for ICD-9 1995 data
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Public use data tape documentation : Multiple cause of death for ICD-9 1995 data

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    This document is intended to provide guidance to the consumer in accessing and utilizing the multiple cause-of-death public-use tape file for 1995. It 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 readi ly assess relevance at varying levels of detai I to his/her own particular research. Additionally, it conveys the characteristics of the multiple cause files sufficient to guide the user in analyzing and interpreting multiple cause data. The user is alerted to certain pitfalls of interpretation; and the appropriateness of each type of multiple cause data to given applications is discussed. Control totals are also provided for comparison with user generated counts for 1995 data.

    A revised U.S. Standard Certificate of Death was recommended for State use beginning on January 1, 1989. Among the changes were the addition of a new i tern on educational attainment and changes to improve the medical certification of cause of death. In addition, for the first time, the U.S. Standard Certificate of Death includes a question on the Hispanic origin of the decedent. Previously a number of States had included an Hispanic-origin identifier on their certificates. A change was also made in the format of the item to obtain information on type of place of death from an open-ended question to a checkbox.


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