Epidemiology and Infection



Estimating the mortality rate of hepatitis C using multiple data sources


C. WU a1c1, H.-G. CHANG a1a2, L.-A. McNUTT a1 and P. F. SMITH a1a2
a1 Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York, Rensselaer, NY, USA
a2 Division of Epidemiology, New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY, USA

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wu c   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
chang hg   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
mcnutt la   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
smith pf   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 

Abstract

The New York State hospital discharge database and the multiple cause-of-death file were used to estimate the mortality rate of hepatitis C in New York State excluding New York City in 1997. The mortality rate with hepatitis C was severely underestimated when each data source was used alone. Applying the capture–recapture method using the hospital discharge database and the multiple cause-of-death file appears to be an efficient method to estimate the mortality rate with hepatitis C.

(Accepted August 15 2004)


Correspondence:
c1 Dr C. Wu, Department of Epidemiology, University at Albany, Rensselaer, NY 12144, USA. (Email: ctw09@health.state.ny.us)


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