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Inform Prim Care. 2004;12(3):171-7.

Feasibility study and methodology to create a quality-evaluated database of primary care data.

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  • 1The Health Improvement Network, London, UK. alison.bourke@thin-uk.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To build and test a model for the collection of computerised retrospective primary care data from the UK, and to assess its quality for use in medical and pharmaceutical research.

DESIGN:

Collection and evaluation of sampled retrospective general practice data recording.

SETTING:

General practices, using the Vision practice management software in the UK.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Quality indicators of completeness of data recording.

RESULTS:

Initial audit of 236 practices indicated good recording of prescribing in all practices and a high level of completeness of recording of clinical information in many of the practices.

CONCLUSIONS:

In the group of practices studied, levels of recording were generally assessed to be of sufficient quality to enable a database of quality-evaluated, anonymised primary care records to be created.

PMID:
15606990
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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