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Design of the 1986 National Mortality Followback Survey: considerations on collecting data on decedents.
PUBLIC HEALTH REPORTS. 1989 Mar-Apr; 104(2):183-8.This is a review of the design and methodology of the U.S. National Mortality Followback Survey. The survey "was conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics on a national probability sample of adult deaths in the United States in 1986. Data were collected on (a) socioeconomic differentials in mortality, (b) prevention of premature death by inquiring into the association of risk factors and cause of death, (c) health care services provided in the last year of life, and (d) the reliability of certain items reported on the death certificate. In addition to demographic characteristics of the decedent available from the death certificate and the questionnaire, information was secured on cigarette smoking practices, alcohol use, food consumption patterns, use of hospital, nursing home, and hospice care, sources of payment for care, duration of disability, and assistance with activities of daily living." (EXCERPT)