State differences in the reporting of diabetes-related incorrect cause-of-death causal sequences on death certificates

Tain Junn Cheng, Lu Tsung-Hsueh, Ichiro Kawachi

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE - To examine state differences in the reporting of diabetes-related incorrect cause-of-death (COD) causal sequences on death certificates in the U.S. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS - We conducted a cross-sectional descriptive study to determine the prevalence of two types of incorrect COD causal sequences with data from the Multiple Cause Mortality File of the year 2004. RESULTS - Among deaths in which diabetes was reported as the first diagnosis on line a, b, c, or d in Part I of the death certificate in the U.S., 21% had below diabetes placement error (ranged from 30% in Maryland to 7% in Hawaii) and 11% had above diabetes placement error (ranged from 18% in Kentucky to 5% in California). The net effects of the two types of error ranged from 20.7% in Nevada to 19.6% in the District of Columbia. CONCLUSIONS - Because the rates of incorrect reporting of diabetes-related COD causal sequence varied across states, the comparability of the diabetes death rate between states may have been compromised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1572-1574
Number of pages3
JournalDiabetes Care
Volume35
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing

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