To investigate the feasibility of using a record linkage method for identifying vaccine attributable adverse events, computerized hospital admissions and vaccination records from South East Kent district were linked and checked for accuracy.
Records for 90% of children under 2 years of age admitted to hospital over a 2-year period were matched with vaccination records using a computer algorithm based on name, date of birth, sex, and post-code supplemented by visual inspection.
Relative to this gold standard, matching on date of birth, sex and postcode alone had a sensitivity of 60% and an incorrect match rate of 0.2% after matches to more than one vaccine recipient were excluded.
Manual checking of a sample of admissions showed that only 4% had been assigned incorrect International Classification of Disease (ICD) codes.
Routine record linkage of ICD admission codes to vaccination records therefore yields data of good quality which may be used for surveillance purposes.
Mots-clés Pascal : Homme, Vaccination, Surveillance population, Hôpital, Assistance ordinateur, Algorithme, Age, Milieu hospitalier, Risque
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Human, Vaccination, Population survey, Hospital, Computer aid, Algorithm, Age, Hospital environment, Risk
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0379471
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 01/03/1996.