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Reliability of death certificates in prostate cancer patients
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Oncology UHL.
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Urology . Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Urology in Östergötland.
2008 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology, ISSN 0036-5599, Vol. 42, no 4, 352-357 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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. © 2008 Informa UK Ltd. (Informa Healthcare, Taylor & Francis AS).

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2008. Vol. 42, no 4, 352-357 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-44453DOI: 10.1080/00365590802078583Local ID: 76658OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-44453DiVA: diva2:265315
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2011-01-10

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