Evaluation of a population roster as a source of population controls: The Massachusetts Resident Lists

Kari Bohlke, Bernard L. Harlow, Daniel W. Cramer, Donna Spiegelman, Nancy E. Mueller

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Abstract

Published population rosters can serve as a convenient source of population controls. The authors evaluated one such roster, the Massachusetts Resident Lists, by estimating the completeness of the Lists and by describing the differences between persons included and not included on the Lists. The subjects were cases from three case-control studies of ovarian cancer conducted in eastern Massachusetts between 1978 and 1996. For each of the three case series, more than 90% of the cases were located on the Resident Lists. Age was one of the primary differences to emerge between cases included and not included; in the most recent case series, cases younger than age 40 years were less likely than older cases to be included on the Lists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-358
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of epidemiology
Volume150
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 15 1999

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Dr. Bohlke was supported by a training award in cancer epidemiology from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland (T32 CA09001-21).

Keywords

  • Case-control studies
  • Epidemiologic methods
  • Registries

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