Use of Medicare and DOD data for improving VA race data quality.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Medicare (Usage)
Administrative agencies (Information management)
Administrative agencies (Quality management)
Author: Stroupe, Kevin T.
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; 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
Accession Number: 246450393
Full Text: 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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