National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program

Multiple Cause of Death Series RSS

Investigator(s): National Center for Health Statistics

This dataset is a special subset of data from 1968-1978 and 1979-1980 prepared from the Mortality detail files (ICPSR 7632). These data were collected by the National Center for Health Statistics and are of considerable importance to those individuals interested in criminological research. The cause of death codes for the 1968-1978 data are derived from the International Classification of Diseases Adapted for Use in the United States (Eighth Revision) (ICDA-8). The cause of death codes for the 1979-1980 data are derived from the International Classification of Diseases (Ninth Revision) (ICD-9). Due to changes in cause of death definitions incorporated in the ninth revision, the 1968-1978 data and codebooks differ slightly from the 1979-1980 data files. For example, the 1979-1980 external cause definitions include new codes for handgun versus other gun accidents, handgun versus other gun suicides, handgun versus other gun homicides, and drug poison versus other poison homicides.

In addition to the differences in the cause of death codes and recodes, the 1979-1980 data include three variables not available in the 1968-1978 datasets. These are: (1) mortality by marital status, (2) state or country of birth, and (3) place of death and status of decedent when death occurred in a hospital or medical center. With these exceptions, the data are similar in structure and content to the 1968-1978 data providing such detailed personal and geographic information as month and day of death, deceased's race and gender, age of deceased at time of death, place of decedent's residence (specific to the city level) and place of death (specific to the county-level), and whether an autopsy was performed. For each data file for the years 1968 through 1978, there are 35 variables for approximately 82,846 to 166,997 records, each with a logical record length of 80 characters. For the years 1979 and 1980, there are 38 variables for 159,635 and 161,374 records, respectively. The 1979 and 1980 data have a logical record length of 86 characters.

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2014
Chilton, Roland,  Chambliss, William J. Urban homicide in the United States, 1980-2010: The importance of disaggregated trends. Homicide Studies.
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2013
Klugman, Joshua,  Condran, Gretchen,  Wray, Matt . The role of medicolegal systems in producing geographic variation in suicide rates. Social Science Quarterly. 94, (2), 462-489.
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2013
Landes, S.D.,  Peek, C.W. . Death by mental retardation? The influence of ambiguity on death certificate coding error for adults with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 57, (12), 1183-1190.
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2013
Webster, Daniel,  Crifasi, Cassandra K.,  Vernick, Jon S. Effects of Missouri's Repeal of Its Handgun Purchases Licensing Law on Homicides. John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, John Hopkins Center of Gun Policy and Research, .
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2012
Bailey, Martha J.,  Goodman-Bacon, Andrew . The War on Poverty's Experiment in Public Medicine: Community Health Centers and the Mortality of Older Americans. .
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2011
Yoon, Young-Hee,  Chen, Chiung M.,  Yi, Hsiao-ye,  Moss, Howard B. Effect of comorbid alcohol and drug use disorders on premature death among unipolar and bipolar disorder decedents in the United States, 1999 to 2006. Comprehensive Psychiatry. 52, (5), 453-464.
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2010
Adair, Timothy,  Rao, Chalapati . Changes in certification of diabetes with cardiovascular diseases increased reported diabetes mortality in Australia and the United States. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 63, (2), 199-204.
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2010
Bowman, Stephen M.,  Aitken, Mary E.,  Sharp, Gregory B. Disparities in injury death location for people with epilepsy/seizures. Epilepsy and Behavior. 17, (3), 369-372.
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2010
Bunn, Terry L.,  Yu, Lei,  Spiller, Henry A.,  Singleton, Michael . Surveillance of methadone-related poisonings in Kentucky using multiple data sources. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. 19, (2), 124-131.
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2010
Calvert, Geoffrey M.,  Mehler, Louise N.,  Alsop, Judith,  De Vries, Allison L.,  Besbelli, Nida . Surveillance of pesticide-related illness and injury in humans. Hayes' Handbook of Pesticide Toxicology. San Diego, CA: Elsevier.
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