Use of Medicare and DOD data for improving VA race data quality.
|Article Type:||Brief article|
Administrative agencies (Information management)
Administrative agencies (Quality management)
|Author:||Stroupe, Kevin T.|
|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; 353 Product quality Computer Subject: Company systems management|
|Organization:||Government Agency: United States. Department of Veterans Affairs; United States. Department of Veterans Affairs; United States. Department of Defense; United States. Department of Defense|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States|
High rates of missing race data in Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) records are a known problem. Our study used race information from
Medicare and the Department of Defense (DOD) to supplement VA race data.
We also examined the agreement in race between the three databases. We
found that adding Medicare improved race data substantially, while
adding DOD data was less significant. Most VA patients recorded as
African American or white were also recorded that way in Medicare and
DOD data. However, variation was found between the databases for other
minority patients. Results provide researchers with options for more
complete and consistent race data.
Kevin T. Stroupe, PhD, et al.
VADIR Record Linkage No VADIR Record 27,990 17% VADIR Record Match 134,892 83% DoD Race Completeness Race in DoD 60,286 45% No Race in DoD 74,606 55% Note: Table made from pie chart
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