Sensitivity and Positive Predictive Value of Death Certificate Data Among Deaths Caused by Legionnaires' Disease in New York City, 2008-2013.

Sensitivity and Positive Predictive Value of Death Certificate Data Among Deaths Caused by Legionnaires' Disease in New York City, 2008-2013. Public Health Rep. 2018 Jan 01;:33354918782494 Authors: Tran OC, Lucero DE, Balter S, Fitzhenry R, Huynh M, Varma JK, Vora NM Abstract OBJECTIVES: Death certificates are an important source of information for understanding life expectancy and mortality trends; however, misclassification and incompleteness are common. Although deaths caused by Legionnaires' disease might be identified through routine surveillance, it is unclear whether Legionnaires' disease is accurately recorded on death certificates. We evaluated the sensitivity and positive predictive value of death certificates for identifying deaths from confirmed or suspected Legionnaires' disease among adults in New York City. METHODS: We deterministically matched death certificate data from January 1, 2008, through December 31, 2013, on New York City residents aged ≥18 years to surveillance data on confirmed and suspected cases of Legionnaires' disease from January 1, 2008, through October 31, 2013. We estimated sensitivity and positive predictive value by using surveillance data as the reference standard. RESULTS: Of 294 755 deaths, 27 (
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