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

Wayne D. Rosamond, Herman A. Tyroler, Lloyd E. Chambless, Aaron R. Folsom, Lawton Cooper, David Conwill

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-204
Number of pages3
JournalEpidemiology
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1997

Keywords

  • data collection
  • death certificates
  • educational assessment
  • ethnic groups
  • race
  • self-report

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