Table 2

Sensitivity and positive values for racial/ethnic information from administrative and birth certificates records in children

Sensitivity (95%-CI)

Positive predictive value


Records with unknown race/ethnicity

included

excluded

(95%-CI)


All Children (n = 325,810)

Ethnicity:

Hispanic

76.9 (76.7-77.1)

84.7 (84.5-84.8)

95.6 (95.5-95.7)

Race:

White

73.0 (72.8-73.2)

84.7 (84.6-84.9)

89.3 (89.2-89.5)

Black

80.6 (80.2-81.0)

92.6 (92.3-92.8)

86.6 (86.2-87.0)

Asian/Pacific Islander1

69.9 (69.3-70.4)

81.8 (81.4-82.3)

73.8 (73.3-74.3)

AIAN1

15.0 (12.4-18.0)

19.4 (16.1-23.2)

18.2 (15.0-21.8)

Other

42.3 (39.2-45.5)

50.1 (46.6-53.3)

1.2 (1.1-1.4)

Multiple

2.8 (2.6-3.0)2

3.1 (2.9-3.4)2

51.8 (49.4-54.2)

Non-Hispanic children (n = 151,396)

Race:

White

84.7 (84.4-85.0)

96.3 (96.1-96.4)

84.3 (84.0-84.6)

Black

81.4 (80.9-81.8)

93.3 (93.0-93.6)

91.7 (91.4-92.0)

Asian/Pacific Islander1

71.5 (71.0-72.0)

83.0 (82.5-83.3)

78.8 (78.3-79.2)

AIAN1

13.9 (10.3-18.6)

20.1 (14.9-26.5)

13.0 (9.5-17.4)

Other

82.1 (62.4-93.2)

92.0 (72.5-98.6)

0.07 (0.8-1.1)

Multiple

3.5 (3.2-2.8)

4.0 (3.7-4.3)

48.3 (45.5-51.1)

Hispanic children (n = 174,361)

Race:

White

67.6 (67.3-67.8)

79.2 (79.0-79.5)

92.5 (92.3-92.6)

Black

67.1 (65.0-69.2)

78.8 (76.7-80.8)

40.1 (38.4-41.8)

Asian/Pacific Islander1

44.9 (42.6-47.2)

60.8 (58.2-63.4)

28.8 (27.2-30.5)

AIAN1

15.8 (12.2-20.1)

18.9 (14.7-23.9)

25.5 (19.9-31.8)

Other

41.2 (38.8-44.4)

48.8 (45.3-52.3)

1.3 (1.2-1.5)

Multiple

1.9 (1.7-2.1)

2.1 (1.9-2.4)

62.0 (57.3-66.6)


1 Asian/PI: Asian or Pacific Islander, AIAN: American Indian or Alaskan Native

2 Counting infants as correctly classified when at least one parent's racial information was correctly identified, sensitivity for infants of multiple race increases to 74.4% when including and 90.2% when excluding unknown race in administrative records.

Smith et al. BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:316   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-10-316

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