ERIC Number: ED400955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Matched Comparison of PRAMS and the First Steps Database.
Schubert, Stacey; Cawthon, Laurie
This study compared some of the survey data collected by the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) to information from vital records and administrative records in the First Steps Database (FSDB) for a group of women who gave birth in 1993. PRAMS is an ongoing survey of Washington women who have given birth. The FSDB contains birth certificate information for all Washington residents who have given birth since 1988, and additional information from the Department of Social and Health Services on those women who received publicly-funded medical care (Medicaid). Most women who responded to the PRAMS survey also had information about their pregnancies in the FSDB. Major findings were: (1) both PRAMS and FSDB are good sources of information for clearly-stated questions pertaining to salient events including due date, dates of birth for mother and child, lengths of delivery stay, and other live births; (2) PRAMS appears superior to the FSDB as a source of information on socially or medically disapproved maternal behavior; (3) Medicaid information in the FSDB appears to better answer questions on Medicaid coverage and medical services than PRAMS; and (4) birth certificate information from the FSDB appears to be a better source than PRAMS for questions about narrowly defined pregnancy events that usually occur early in pregnancy. (WJC)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Birth Rate, Comparative Analysis, Databases, Information Sources, Medical Services, Mothers, Pregnancy, Prenatal Care, Prenatal Influences, State Surveys
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Office of Research & Data Analysis, Olympia, WA 98504-5402 (Report #7.81).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington