Matching prosthetics order records in VA National Prosthetics Patient Database to healthcare utilization databases.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Implants, Artificial (Usage)
Prosthesis (Usage)
Databases (Management)
Medical care (Utilization)
Medical care (Management)
Author: Smith, Mark W.
Pub Date: 12/30/2010
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
Topic: Event Code: 260 General services; 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: CD-ROM catalog; CD-ROM database; Database; Company systems management; Company business management
Product: SIC Code: 3842 Surgical appliances and supplies
Organization: Government Agency: United States. Department of Veterans Affairs
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 246450388
Full Text: Each year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) prescribes millions of prosthetics and assistive devices to veterans. These include items that the veteran can take on and off, such as eyeglasses and hearing aids, as well as devices implanted in the body. The VA tracks these items in the National Prosthetics Patient Database (NPPD). Researchers sometimes need to match NPPD entries to records in other VA databases. Our goal was to learn whether most NPPD records could be matched to other VA records for the same individuals. We found moderate success in matching records across databases.

Mark W. Smith, PhD, et al.
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