THE IMPACT OF MISSING LINKAGE DATA IN FAMILY HEALTH RESEARCH: RESULTS FROM THE 1994-1995 NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY DISABILITY SUPPLEMENT

Whitney P. Witt, Anne W Riley, Judith D. Kasper

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Family health can be studied using the 1994-1995 National Health Interview Survey Disability Supplement by linking children to their mothers and other family members. However, the data item required to link is missing for 13% of children. We found that unlinked children and their probable mothers differed in many respects from their counterparts who could be linked, and exclusion of these mothers and their children from the analysis could bias results by introducing error due to incomplete coverage of the target population. We developed and validated a simple algorithm to match these children with their probable mother.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-86
Number of pages14
JournalResearch in Social Science and Disability
Volume3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Family Health
Information Storage and Retrieval
Health Surveys
research results
supplement
disability
Interviews
Mothers
interview
health
Health Services Needs and Demand
family member
exclusion
coverage
trend

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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