Causes of death are often inaccurately reported on death certificates for individuals with intellectual disability. This research brief examines whether uncertainty surrounding the death is associated with the inaccurate reporting of intellectual disability as the underlying cause of death. Results show that increased uncertainty surrounding deaths, especially in instances of choking related deaths, increases the probability that intellectual disability is inaccurately reported as the underlying cause of death.
intellectual disability, death certificate, mortality
Disability Studies | Family, Life Course, and Society
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The authors would like to thank Shannon Monnat for edits on an earlier version of this brief.
National Institute on Aging
Bisesti, Erin and Landes, Scott D., "More Uncertainty Leads to Less Accuracy on Death Certificates for Adults with Intellectual Disability" (2021). Population Health Research Brief Series. 124.
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