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Am J Ind Med. 2017 Aug;60(8):689-695. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22739.

Capture and coding of industry and occupation measures: Findings from eight National Program of Cancer Registries states.

Author information

1
Cancer Surveillance Branch, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.
2
New Hampshire State Cancer Registry and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Department of Epidemiology, Hanover, New Hampshire.
3
Cancer Data Registry of Idaho, Boise, Idaho.
4
Colorado Central Cancer Registry, Denver, Colorado.
5
Rhode Island Cancer Registry, Providence, Rhode Island.
6
Louisiana Tumor Registry and Epidemiology Program, School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although data on industry and occupation (I&O) are important for understanding cancer risks, obtaining standardized data is challenging. This study describes the capture of specific I&O text and the ability of a web-based tool to translate text into standardized codes.

METHODS:

Data on 62 525 cancers cases received from eight National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) states were submitted to a web-based coding tool developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for translation into standardized I&O codes. We determined the percentage of sufficiently analyzable codes generated by the tool.

RESULTS:

Using the web-based coding tool on data obtained from chart abstraction, the NPCR cancer registries achieved between 48% and 75% autocoding, but only 12-57% sufficiently analyzable codes.

CONCLUSIONS:

The ability to explore associations between work-related exposures and cancer is limited by current capture and coding of I&O data. Increased training of providers and registrars, as well as software enhancements, will improve the utility of I&O data.

KEYWORDS:

NIOCCS; NPCR; cancer; industry; occupation

PMID:
28692191
PMCID:
PMC5769461
DOI:
10.1002/ajim.22739
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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