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  1. Estimating completeness of cancer registration : an empirical evaluation of the two source capture-recapture approach in Germany.

    Article - En anglais

    Study objective

    In recent years, capture-recapture methods have become increasingly popular in estimating completeness of disease registries.

    This study aimed to assess the performance of the two source capture-recapture method in estimating the completeness of cancer registration.


    The study was conducted in the population based cancer registry of Saarland, Germany, for which there are three main sources of notifications : reports by clinicians and pathologists, and death certificates.

    Main results

    There was a tendency towards underestimation of completeness of notifications from pathologists and death certificates for patients notified by clinicians which was essentially confined to the older age groups.

    In contrast, capture-recapture methods tended to overestimate completeness of notifications from clinicians and death certificates for patients notified by pathologists.

    This over-estimation was observed consistently in all age groups and for all of the most common cancer sites.

    Nevertheless, deviations of estimated completeness from known completeness were generally small or moderate.

    Agreement between estimated and known completeness was closest for patients notified by death certificates, although completeness was somewhat underestimated in patients above age 75.


    Careful application of capture-recapture methods may provide an alternative to traditional approaches for estimating completeness of cancer registration.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Epidémiologie, Méthode étude, Evaluation, Registre, Tumeur maligne, Complétude, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Epidemiology, Investigation method, Evaluation, Register, Malignant tumor, Completeness, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 95-0481174

    Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 01/03/1996.