Multiple Cause of Death, 1997 (ICPSR 3085)

Published: Sep 10, 2008

Principal Investigator(s):
United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics


Version V2

This data collection includes information about the cause of all recorded deaths occurring in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa during 1997. 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. Mortality Detail data for 1997 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.

United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. Multiple Cause of Death, 1997. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-09-10.

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In preparing the data files 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.



Effective with 1997 data, American Samoa records are included in the Territories' Public-Use File (Part 2).

The codebook, frequencies, record layout, appendices, and geographical code outlines are provided as Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

The geographic codes were changed effective with the 1996 data to reflect the results of the 1990 Census.

Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data files and text of the technical documentation for this collection as prepared by NCHS.

All recorded deaths occurring in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam during 1997.

United States Standard Certificate of Death

administrative records data



2006-01-18 File CB3085.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

2008-09-10 Setup files have been created. Subsets of the territories file have been created for American Samoa, Guam, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico based on state of occurrence.

2001-01-25 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).