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Table 3 Agreement of underlying cause of death with diagnoses (principal or additional) registered for the terminal hospitalization: multiple logistic regression (N = 50,995)

From: Cause of death coding in Switzerland: evaluation based on a nationwide individual linkage of mortality and hospital in-patient records

  “Definitive” cause of death found in principal or additional hospital discharge diagnoses
OR 95% CI P-value
Major region
 Lake Geneva Region 1 (ref.)   
 Zurich 1.28 1.15–1.41 < 0.001
 Espace Mittelland 1.21 1.11–1.31 < 0.001
 Central 1.13 1.01–1.28 0.04
 Northwest 1.10 .999–1.21 0.05
 Eastern 1.11 .997–1.23 0.06
 Ticino 1.15 .992–1.34 0.06
Marital status of deceased (from death certificate)
 Single 1 (ref.)   
 Married 1.28 1.18–1.39 < 0.001
 Widowed 1.18 1.08–1.29 < 0.001
 Divorced 1.21 1.09–1.35 < 0.001
Principal language of deceased (from 2000 census)
 German 1 (ref.)   
 French .90 .83–.98 0.01
 Italian 1.002 .89–1.12 0.97
 Other European .91 .77–1.07 0.26
 Other .73 .59–.90 < 0.01
Educational level of deceased (from 2000 census)
 Mandatory schooling 1 (ref.)   
 Upper secondary 1.06 1.002–1.11 0.04
 Tertiary 1.08 1.002–1.17 0.04
Age of deceased (year) .976 .973–.978 < 0.001