Quality of Information in the Question Age in Death Records in Brazil, 1996–2015

Fatima Jacques
Camila Soares , IFCH - UNICAMP
Raphael Guimaraes

Objective: To analyze the quality of the age declaration in death registries in Brazil, from 1996 to 2015. Method: A simple age analysis was performed in deaths microdata from Brazil between 1996 and 2015. The preference for '0' and '5' was evaluated using the Whipple index (IW). Still, preference for all 10 terminal digits was expressed using Myers (IM) method. Results: The quality of the data of age was high in the period (IWtot = 0.55 - 0.83 (male) and 0.71 - 0.93 (female); IM = 0.388 - 0.004 (male) and. female)). The quality of the information was more satisfactory among men, there was no significant trend in the improvement, suggesting stability in quality in the 20 years. Preference was given to the terminal digit '0', mainly among women. Conclusion: Death data in Brazil, with respect to age, are satisfactory, and can be used in demographic and epidemiological analyzes.

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 Presented in Session 3. Population, Development, & the Environment; Data & Methods; Applied Demography