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Multiple Cause of Death, 1998 (ICPSR 3306)

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This data collection includes information about the cause of all recorded deaths occurring in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas during 1998. Data are provided concerning underlying causes of death, multiple conditions that caused the death, place of death, residence of the deceased (e.g., region, division, state, county), whether an autopsy was performed, and the month and day of the week of the death. In addition, data are supplied on the sex, race, age, marital status, education, usual occupation, and origin or descent of the deceased. In addition to the combined Territory Public-Use file (Part 2), a subset based on state of occurrence has been created for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Marianas. Mortality detail data for 1998 also can be extracted from this file. The mortality detail records are contained in the first 159 positions of these multiple cause records. The multiple cause of death fields were coded from the MANUAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL STATISTICAL CLASSIFICATION OF DISEASES, INJURIES, AND CAUSE-OF-DEATH, NINTH REVISION (ICD-9), VOLUMES 1 AND 2.

Series: Multiple Cause of Death Series

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.


WARNING: This study is over 150MB in size and may take several minutes to download on a typical internet connection.

DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  United States, 1998 - Download All Files (4,469.4 MB) large dataset
DS2:  Combined Territories, 1998 - Download All Files (62.5 MB)
DS3:  Puerto Rico, 1998 - Download All Files (59.3 MB)
DS4:  Virgin Islands, 1998 - Download All Files (3 MB)
DS5:  Guam, 1998 - Download All Files (3.1 MB)
DS6:  American Samoa, 1998 - Download All Files (2.3 MB)
DS7:  Northern Marianas, 1998 - Download All Files (2.1 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. Multiple Cause of Death, 1998. ICPSR03306-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research[distributor], 2007-04-13.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   age, causes of death, death, death records, ethnicity, fatalities, gender, marital status, mortality rates, race

Geographic Coverage:   American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, United States, Virgin Islands of the United States, Global

Time Period:  

  • 1998

Date of Collection:  

  • 1998

Universe:   All recorded deaths occurring in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas during 1998.

Data Types:   administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Effective with the 1998 data, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana's records are included in the Territories' Public-Use File (Part 2). (2) The data year is no longer located in positions 1-2 of the record. A four-digit data year is now located in positions 115-118. (3) The geographic codes were changed effective with the 1996 data to reflect the results of the 1990 Census. (4) Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data files and text of the technical documentation for this collection as prepared by NCHS. (5) The codebook, frequencies, record layout, appendices, and geographical code outlines are provided by ICPSR as Portable Document Format (PDF) files.


Data Source:

United States Standard Certificate of Death

Restrictions: In preparing the data file for this collection, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has removed direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to identification of data subjects. As an additional precaution NCHS requires, under Section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), that data collected by NCHS not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. NCHS further requires that analysts not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments and that the director of NCHS be notified if any identities are inadvertently discovered. ICPSR member institutions and other users ordering data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restrictions.


Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2007-04-13 Setup files have been created in addition to subsets for each territory.
  • 2006-01-18 File CB3306.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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