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Reliability of death certificates in prostate cancer patients
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
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2008 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology, ISSN 0036-5599, E-ISSN 1651-2065, Vol. 42, no 4, 352-357 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the reliability of cause-of-death diagnoses among prostate cancer patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Information from death certificates obtained from the Swedish Death Register was compared with systematically reviewed medical records from the population-based Swedish Regional Prostate Cancer Register, South-East Region. In total, 5675 patients were included who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer between 1987 and 1999 and who had died before 1 January 2003. RESULTS: The proportion of prostate cancer cases classified as having died from prostate cancer was 3% higher in the official death certificates than in the reviewed records [0.03, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.02 to 0.04]. Overall agreement between the official cause of death and the reviewed data was 86% (95% CI 85 to 87%). A higher accuracy was observed among men with localized disease (88%, 95% CI 87 to 89%), aged 60 years or younger at death (96%, 95% CI 93 to 100%), or who had undergone curative treatment (91%, 95% CI 88 to 95%). This study indicates a relatively high reliability of official cause-of-death statistics of prostate cancer patients in Sweden. CONCLUSION: Mortality data obtained from death certificates may be useful in the evaluation of large-scale prostate cancer intervention programmes, especially among younger patients with localized disease.

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2008. Vol. 42, no 4, 352-357 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences Cancer and Oncology Urology and Nephrology
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Oncology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-7064DOI: 10.1080/00365590802078583PubMedID: 18609293OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-7064DiVA: diva2:220854
Available from: 2009-06-02 Created: 2009-06-02 Last updated: 2016-08-10Bibliographically approved

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