Accuracy of external cause-of-injury coding in VA polytrauma patient discharge records.
|Article Type:||Brief article|
Wounds and injuries
Medical records (Usage)
Veterans (Health aspects)
|Author:||Carlson, Kathleen F.|
|Publication:||Name: Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development Publisher: Department of Veterans Affairs Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Department of Veterans Affairs ISSN: 0748-7711|
|Issue:||Date: Dec 30, 2010 Source Volume: 47 Source Issue: 8|
|Product:||Product Code: E198380 Veterans|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States|
Understanding causes of injury among veterans is important for
development of injury prevention and rehabilitation services. External
cause-of-injury codes (E-codes) provide this information and are
available in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) administrative data.
Using medical records for comparison, we studied the accuracy of
E-coding in discharge data for 566 VHA polytrauma inpatients. Of the
injured patients, 74 percent had been assigned E-codes. E-coding
accuracy varied by VHA site and was better for combat-related injuries
(81% E-coded) than for other injuries. E-coding accuracy should be
improved before E-codes are used as a single source of data on causes of
Kathleen F. Carlson, MS, PhD, et al.
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