Creation and validation of a data base of maternally linked birth records (sibships) in Western Australia : its application in investigating maternal and perinatal factors associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and birth defects

Maxine Croft

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Abstract

[Truncated] This study used total population data to create groups of records of Western Australian (WA) births, which related to individual women (sibships). Computerised probabilistic record linkage techniques were used to link the birth records of 310,255 births in WA, during the period 1980 to 1992 inclusive. Validation of the linkage methods was carried out using several different methods. Linkage identified 181,133 sets of maternally linked sibships. Selected descriptive demographic statistics were calculated for the women represented in this study. The outcomes of the births to a subset of the women, whose first pregnancy and birth occurred in WA, were analysed and examples of the type of information derivable from the sibships were documented. The numbers of WA women who continued to have further singleton births, up to the fourth birth, were tabulated. Relative to women whose infant survived the first week of life the rates of continuation to the next birth, for women who experienced a stillbirth or the death of an infant in the first week of life were increased.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2002

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