Constructing reproductive histories by linking vital records.

  title={Constructing reproductive histories by linking vital records.},
  author={Melissa M. Adams and Hoyt G. Wilson and Dr. L. Casto and Cynthia J. Berg and Jeanne M McDermott and James A. Gaudino and Brian J Mccarthy},
  journal={American journal of epidemiology},
  volume={145 4},
Certificates of 1,449,287 live births and fetal deaths filed in Georgia from 1980 through 1992 were linked to create chronologies that, excluding induced abortions and ectopic pregnancies, constituted the reproductive experience of individual women. The authors initially used a deterministic method (whereby linking rules were not based on probability theory) to link as many records as possible, knowing that some of the linkages would be incorrect. They subsequently used a probabilistic method… CONTINUE READING


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