How Well Do Birth Certificates Describe the Pregnancies They Report? The Washington State Experience with Low-Risk Pregnancies

@article{Dobie1998HowWD,
  title={How Well Do Birth Certificates Describe the Pregnancies They Report? The Washington State Experience with Low-Risk Pregnancies},
  author={Sharon A. Dobie and L D Baldwin and Roger A. Rosenblatt and Meredith A. Fordyce and C Holly A Andrilla and L. Gary Hart},
  journal={Maternal and Child Health Journal},
  year={1998},
  volume={2},
  pages={145-154}
}
Objectives: Birth certificates are a major source of population-based data on maternal and perinatal health, but their value depends on the accuracy of the data. This study assesses the validity of information recorded on the birth certificates for women in Washington State who were considered to be low risk at entry into care. Methods: Birth certificates were matched to data abstracted from prenatal and intrapartum clinic and hospital records of a sample of 1937 Washington State obstetrical… CONTINUE READING
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