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Table 4 Sensitivity Rates of Mortality Data by Selected Subgroups and Source for Veterans, 1999 – 2002

From: Accuracy and completeness of mortality data in the Department of Veterans Affairs

Subgroups N (%) Sensitivity (95% Confidence Interval)**
   BIRLS-DF SSA-DMF Combined
VHA Healthcare Use*     
   Inpatient Users 387 (12.9) 86.3 (76.2 – 93.2) 94.5 (86.6 – 98.5) 100.0 (95.1 – 100.0)
   Outpatient Users 2,101 (70.1) 80.2 (73.8 – 85.7) 93.0 (88.4 – 96.2) 100.0 (98.0 – 100.0)
   Non-Users 894 (29.8) 72.1 (62.5 – 80.5) 90.4 (83.0 – 95.3) 95.2 (89.1 – 98.4)
Age on Jan. 1, 1999     
   < 65 1,762 (58.8) 67.6 (55.5 – 78.2) 91.5 (82.5 – 96.8) 95.8 (88.1 – 99.1)
   65 or older 1,236 (41.2) 80.5 (74.7 – 85.5) 92.3 (88.0 – 95.5) 99.1 (96.8 – 99.9)
  1. * Based on any health care use in the VHA in 1999 – 2002.
  2. ** BIRLS-DF indicates the Beneficiary Identification and Record Locator Subsystem Death File; SSA-DMF, the Social Security Administration Death Master File.