Validity of education information on the death certificate

Epidemiology. 1996 Jul;7(4):437-9. doi: 10.1097/00001648-199607000-00017.


We compared education as recorded on the death certificate with education ascertained before death from a household survey of 10,423 persons age 25 years or more who died in 1989. There was a tendency for the decedent's education to be reported at a higher level on the death certificate than at baseline. Of those who were reported as high school graduates on the death certificate, 38% reported that they had less than a high school education at baseline. The bias was more pronounced in older than younger decedents.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Data Collection
  • Death Certificates*
  • Education / statistics & numerical data*
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity