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Table 2 Sensitivity and positive values for racial/ethnic information from administrative and birth certificates records in children

From: Health plan administrative records versus birth certificate records: quality of race and ethnicity information 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. 1 Asian/PI: Asian or Pacific Islander, AIAN: American Indian or Alaskan Native
  2. 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.