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BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2014 Jun 6;14:48. doi: 10.1186/1472-6947-14-48.

The Intego database: background, methods and basic results of a Flemish general practice-based continuous morbidity registration project.

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Department of general practice, Kapucijnenvoer 33 blok j bus 7001 te B-3000 Leuven, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. carla.truyers@med.kuleuven.be.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Intego is the only operational computerized morbidity registration network in Belgium based on general practice data. Intego collects data from over 90 general practitioners. All the information is routinely collected in the electronic health record during daily practice.

METHODS:

In this article we describe the design and methods used within the Intego network together with some of its basic results. The collected data, the quality control procedures, the ethical-legal aspects and the statistical procedures are discussed.

RESULTS:

Intego contains longitudinal information on 285 357 different patients, corresponding to over 2.3% of the Flemish population representative in terms of age and sex. More than 3 million diagnoses, 12 million drug prescriptions and 29 million laboratory tests have been recorded.

CONCLUSIONS:

Intego enables us to present and compare data on health parameters, incidence and prevalence rates, laboratory results, and prescribed drugs for all relevant subgroups on a routine basis and is unique in Belgium.

PMID:
24906941
PMCID:
PMC4067630
DOI:
10.1186/1472-6947-14-48
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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