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Testing Death Registration Completeness in a Group of Premature Infants
Perry B. Rogers, Charles R. Council and James R. Abernathy
Public Health Reports (1896-1970)
Vol. 76, No. 8 (Aug., 1961), pp. 717-724
Published by: Association of Schools of Public Health
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4591257
Page Count: 8
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Unlike birth registration, there is a dearth of information relative to the completeness of death registration. This is due primarily to two factors: (a) the fact that there is no simple, inexpensive method of testing death registration completeness and (b) the widespread belief that registration of deaths is not a major problem since registrars have some control over death registration through the burial permit system. Through special studies in the field of infant mortality, the North Carolina State Board of Health was made aware that death registration completeness for infants left much to be desired. The present study was designed to effect a method of determining the death registration completeness of premature infants weighing 1,500 gm. or less at birth and to use the method developed in measuring death registration completeness for this group of infants. The results are encouraging and suggest that the methods used in this study could be used among other groups of infants in measuring death registration completeness. The study emphasizes the need for greater efforts in promoting death registration among infants in the low weight groups.
Public Health Reports (1896-1970) © 1961 Association of Schools of Public Health