Background Self-report and review of medical records are the most common methods for the assessment of past exposures.
However, information obtained from self-reports and medical records may not be consistent.
This study compared information provided in a self-administered questionnaire with medical records data.
Methods Self-report and medical records data came from a case-control study on prostate cancer.
Cases were 181 patients with primary prostate cancer and controls were 297 men without the disease, enrolled in Group Health Cooperative (GHC) in Seattle.
The consistencies between the two data sources were examined.
Results In general, agreement between the two data sources was almost perfect for demographic and anthropometric variables, substantial for the history of inguinal hernia and kidney stones, and moderate for vasectomy, family history of prostate cancer, smoking and alcohol consumption.
However, the two data sources generally were poorly concordant for prior genitourinary diseases that have less explicit diagnostic criteria such as benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostatitis.
Analyses of discordant data showed that men were more likely to report an exposure or medical condition that could not be verified from medical records.
No discernible patterns in the difference of agreement were found according to age, GHC membership length or case-control status. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Tumeur maligne, Prostate, Dossier médical, Questionnaire, Source information, Enregistrement donnée, Qualité, Donnée, Epidémiologie, Méthodologie, Etude comparative, Homme, Etude cas témoin, Appareil génital mâle pathologie, Appareil urinaire pathologie, Prostate pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Malignant tumor, Prostate, Medical record, Questionnaire, Information source, Data logging, Quality, Data, Epidemiology, Methodology, Comparative study, Human, Case control study, Male genital diseases, Urinary system disease, Prostate disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0339907
Code Inist : 002B20B02. Création : 14/12/1999.