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  1. Estimating the point accuracy of population registers using capture-recapture methods in Scotland.

    Article - En anglais

    Study objective

    To estimate the point accuracy of adult registration on the community health index (CHI) by comparing it with the electoral register (ER) and the community charge register (CCR).


    Survey of overlapping samples from three registers to ascertain whether respondents were living at the addresses given on the registers, analysed by capture-recapture methods.


    Aberdeen North and South parliamentary constituencies.


    Random samples of adult registrants aged at least 18 years from the CHI (n=1000), ER (n=998), and CCR (n=956).

    Main results

    Estimated sensitivities (the proportions of the target population registered at the address where they live) were :

    • CHI - 84.6% (95% confidence limits 82.4%, 86.7%) ;

    • ER - 90.0% (87.5%, 92.5%), and CCR - 87.7% (85.3%, 90.3%). Positive predictive values (the proportions of registrants who were living at their stated addresses) were : CHI - 84.6% (82.2%, 87.0%) ;

    • ER - 94.0% (90.9%, 97.1%), and CCR - 93.7% (91.7%, 95.7%). Conclusions - The CHI assessed in this study was significantly less sensitive and predictive than the corresponding ER and CCR.

    Capture-recapture methods are effective in assessing the accuracy of population registers.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Registre, Surveillance population, Adulte, Soin santé primaire, Précision, Evaluation, Méthode capture recapture, Santé publique, Ecosse, Homme, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Register, Population survey, Adult, Primary health care, Accuracy, Evaluation, Capture recapture method, Scotland, Human, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe

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

    Cote : 96-0168838

    Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 199608.