Journal Article

Accuracy of Birth Certificate Data Regarding the Amount, Timing, and Adequacy of Prenatal Care Using Prenatal Clinic Medical Records as Referents

Kathleen Clark, Chun-Mei Fu and Claude Burnett

in American Journal of Epidemiology

Published on behalf of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Volume 145, issue 1, pages 68-71
Published in print January 1997 | ISSN: 0002-9262
Published online January 1997 | e-ISSN: 1476-6256 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.aje.a009033
Accuracy of Birth Certificate Data Regarding the Amount, Timing, and Adequacy of Prenatal Care Using Prenatal Clinic Medical Records as Referents

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This study compared birth certificate data on the amount, timing, and adequacy of prenatal care with the same data abstracted from the prenatal clinic records of 2,032 women who attended a health department prenatal clinic in northeast Georgia from 1980 to 1988. Overall accuracy was poor. Only 14.3% (n = 291) of the records completely agreed on the total number of visits, while approximately 36% (n = 738) and 53% (n = 1,081) agreed within one visit and two visits, respectively. Complete agreement for month and trimester prenatal care began was 31.1% (n = 632) and 50.6% (n = 1,202), respectively. Because of the small geographic region included in the current study, the generalizability of these findings to other populations may be limited. Am J Epidemiol1997;145:68–71.

Keywords: birth certificates; prenatal care; quality of care; sensitivity and specificity (epidemiology)

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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