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Death certification of elderly women with dementia, and other chronic conditions.


Death certification is difficult for elderly people with multiple chronic conditions. As a result doctors may omit to mention some conditions, such as dementia. However the underlying causes of death recorded on death certificates form one of the foundations of the national health statistics produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), and in turn have significant influence on health policy and service provision. The purpose of this project is to improve understanding of the accuracy of death certification and to help ABS develop better methods of collecting and reporting mortality data.