Journal article

Ethnic counts on mortality and census data 2001-06: New Zealand census-mortality study update.

Lavinia Tan, Tony Blakely, June Atkinson

The New Zealand Medical Journal | Published : 2010


AIM: To provide an update for the assessment of discrepancies in ethnicity counts in the 2001 census and mortality data for the 2004-2006 period. METHODS: 2001 census anonymously and probabilistically linked to 5 years of subsequent mortality data (135,849 eligible mortality records), allowing a comparison of ethnicity recording for the years 2001-2004 and 2004-2006. RESULTS: Using a total definition of ethnicity, census and mortality counts agree reasonably well in 2004-06 and resemble comparisons in 2001-04, except at younger ages where counts for Pacific and Asian ethnicities are up to a third less for mortality data. Due to multiple ethnicities being more commonly recorded on census data..

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