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Quality of death rates by race and Hispanic origin: a summary of current research, 1999.

Authors
  • Rosenberg, H M
  • Maurer, J D
  • Sorlie, P D
  • Johnson, N J
  • MacDorman, M F
  • Hoyert, D L
  • Spitler, J F
  • Scott, C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Vital and health statistics. Series 2, Data evaluation and methods research
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1999
Issue
128
Pages
1–13
Identifiers
PMID: 10611854
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

While biases in the numerator and denominator tend to offset each other somewhat, death rates for all groups show net effects of race misclassification and under coverage. For the white population and the black population, published death rates are overstated in official publications by an estimated 1.0 percent and 5.0 percent, respectively, resulting principally from undercounts of these population groups in the census. Death rates for the other minority groups are understated in official publications approximately as follows: American Indians, 21 percent; Asian or Pacific Islanders, 11 percent; and Hispanics, 2 percent. These estimates do not take into account differential misreporting of age among the race/ethnic groups.

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