Journal article

Estimating the burden of disease - Comparing administrative data and self-reports

JR Robinson, TK Young, LL Roos, DE Gelskey

Medical Care | LIPPINCOTT-RAVEN PUBL | Published : 1997

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: A cardiovascular health survey of a representative sample of the adult population of Manitoba, Canada was combined with the provincial health insurance claims database to determine the accuracy of survey questions in detecting cases of diabetes, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, stroke, and hypercholesterolemia. METHODS: Of 2,792 subjects in the survey, 97.7% were linked successfully using a scrambled personal health insurance number. Hospital and physician claims were extracted for these individuals for the 3-year period before the survey. RESULTS: The authors found no benefits to using restrictive criteria for entrance into the study (ie, requiring more than one diagnosis t..

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