LS variable metadata
Variable: MLC8A1DE
Table: DETH
Short description: Alpha code (ICD8) for 1st cause of death of LS member (deaths April 1971 - April 1981)
Full description:  
Coding notes: April 1971 - April 1981:
The alpha code indicates the position on the death draft of the multiple cause code to which it applies 'A' = Question 9, line Ia of the death draft 'B' = Line Ib 'C' = line Ic 'Z' = Line II ' ' = indicates that the following mutiple cause code is the same as the preceding one '(' = the immediately following multiple cause code provides additional information about the preceding one 'M' = the following multiple cause code is a morphology code for the preceding multiple cause code See Events Appendix2
Note: 1 'A' is always the first prefix 2 'A', 'B', 'C' and 'Z' prefixes appear only once per record and in the order shown, although they need not all be present 3 ' ' and '(' prefixes can appear any number of times after any of the other prefixes.
Deaths 1982 - 2 Dec 1986:
Not applicable. See MLC9A1DE
Deaths 3 Dec 1986 - 31 Dec 1992:
Deaths 1993 onward:
Not applicable. See ICD91DE/ ICD91FDE (Non-neonatals) or ICD9P1DE/ ICD9PF1DE (Neonatals)

Coding scheme

-8Not coded (before 19710101 or after 19810404)

Units of measurement:  
Source: Draft entry for deaths (Form 310): Question 8.
Former name of variable: MLCA8ACnDDE, MLC8ANDE
Derived: N
Derivation: Not available
Date range: To: 19810405 
Keyword: Mortality
Comparable variables for other individuals:  
Comparable variables for other times:  
Restricted: N
Data type: Text
Length of field: 1
Reference 1: See LS Technical Volume (Hattersley and Creeser, 1995) page 343 (death registration draft entry form), page 25 and pp. 96-97 (general details), pp. 101-104 (comparability of data), page 108 and pp. 117-121 (data quality).
Reference 2: Events Appendix 2