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Colombia Médica

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CENDALES, Ricardo  e  PARDO, Constanza. Quality of death certification in Colombia. Colomb. Med. [online]. 2018, vol.49, n.1, pp.121-127. ISSN 1657-9534.


To evaluate the quality of the certification of general death and cancer in Colombia.


Validity indicators were described for each province and the cities of Bogotá, Cali, Manizales, Pasto and Bucaramanga. A factorial analysis of principal components was carried out in order to identify non-obvious relationships.


Were analyzed 984,159 deaths, among them there were 164,542 deaths due to cancer. 93.7% of the general mortality was well certified. The predominant errors were signs, symptoms and ill-defined conditions. 92.8% of cancer mortality was well certified. The predominant errors were due to poorly defined cancer sites.


Certification of quality indicators in Colombia has improved. Given the good performance of the quality indicators for certificating general death and cancer, it is considered that this is a valid input for the estimation of cancer incidences.

Palavras-chave : Data collection; vital statistics; cause of death; developing countries; data quality; health information systems..

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