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Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.11, No.3, 1995. pp. 233260

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Sources of Data on Socio-Economic Differential Mortality in the United States

Abstract:
This paper reviews several data sets that are available to assess mortality patterns in the United States and to examine changes in the health and social status of identifiable segments of the U.S. population. The specific data sets described: (1) the National Vital Statistics Mortality Data File, (2) the National Mortality Followback Survey, (3) the NHANES Epidemiologic Followup Study, (4) the Social Security Administration/Current Population Survey Matched Files, and (5) the U.S. National Longitudinal Mortality Study, reflect different data collection methodologies and can support different analytical techniques. Selected results from previously published and unpublished studies are presented for a few variables to illustrate the analytic potential of socio-demographic variables available for research on mortality differentials.

Keywords:
Vital statistics; mortality; data sources.

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