Skip to main content

Back to the Future? A Critical Commentary on the 2003 U.S. National Standard Certificate of Live Birth

Buy Article:

$51.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)


Vital statistics documents for the United States have been revised approximately decennially throughout the past century. In this commentary we review the contents of the 2003 revision of the national standard certificate of live birth, focusing on changes from the certificates in use nationally since 1989, and identifying strengths and weaknesses of key data elements. Additional federal-state partnership funding is imperative to support the transition to the new standard certificates, and to ensure a focus on data quality at the state and national levels. (BIRTH 33:3 September 2006)
No References
No Citations
No Supplementary Data
No Data/Media
No Metrics

Keywords: birth certificate; perinatal data; vital statistics

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Russell Kirby and Hamisu Salihu are in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

Publication date: 2006-09-01

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more