Assessment of Validity for the "Language Spoken at Home" Variable in Québec Death Records: Summary

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Title
Assessment of Validity for the "Language Spoken at Home" Variable in Québec Death Records: Summary
Abstract
The authors study "avoidable mortality" among Quebec Anglophones and Francophones over four periods: 1990-1994, 1995-1999, 2000-2004 and 2005-2007. Avoidable mortality is defined by the authors as deaths occurring before the age of 75 years for reasons identified as preventable. Studying avoidable mortality is considered a indicator of the quality of health services and public health interventions. Of the 959,786 recorded deaths in Quebec between 1990 and 2007, the authors found that the “language” variable that should be included on the death certificate is missing in 6 percent to 13 percent of cases, depending on the year for the period studied. Place of birth is also a variable that is often missing on death certificates, even more frequently (15.7 percent) than language. Among those that did have a place of birth and language recorded, 85 percent were French speakers, 11 percent English speakers, and 4 percent spoke other languages.
Place
Québec
Publisher
Institut nationale de santé punlique du Québec
Date
2012
# of Pages
8p.
Language
en
URL
Citation
Trempe, Normand, Marie-Claude Boivin, Ernest Lo, and Amado Diogo Barry. Assessment of Validity for the “Language Spoken at Home” Variable in Québec Death Records: Summary. Québec: Institut nationale de santé punlique du Québec, 2012. http://chssn.org/pdf/En/INSPQ/ValiditeVariableLangueUsageMaison.pdf.
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