Journal article

A comparison of patient interview data with pharmacy and medical records for patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or human immunodeficiency virus infection

MG Law, SF Hurley, JB Carlin, P Chondros, S Gardiner, JM Kaldor

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 1996

Abstract

To assess the reliability of information reported by patients with AIDS or HIV infection, 123 homosexual men were recruited in Victoria, Australia, in 1992-1993 and interviewed to collect data retrospectively and prospectively on HIV-related illness and treatment. These data were compared with information in medical and pharmacy records. There was no evidence of bias in the patient report of date of diagnosis of HIV infection or date or result of most recent CD4 count, although there was considerable imprecision. Past and current prescription of AZT were recalled accurately by patients compared with medical records (kappa = 0.89 and 0.86, respectively), but previous HIV-related illnesses and..

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