We investigated the accuracy of self-report of hospitalization for acute myocardial infarction (MI) by elderly persons in a community-based prospective study.
Among 3809 persons aged 65 years or older followed up for 6 years, self-reported hospitalization for MI was validated by review of primary records and Medicare diagnoses.
Among 147 who self-reported MI and for whom hospital records were available, the diagnosis was confirmed in 79 (54%). Myocardial infarction was not a reason for hospitalization among the remaining 68 participants ; misclassification with other cardiovascular diagnoses was common.
Medicare diagnosis correlated well with primary hospital records.
Using Medicare diagnoses as the standard, the diagnosis of MI was confirmed in 53% of self-reports ; the sensitivity and specificity of self-report were 51% and 98%, respectively.
False-negative reporting was common because only half of hospitalizations for MI were reported.
Self-report of hospitalization for MI by elderly persons in the community may be unreliable for ascertaining trends in cardiovascular diseases.
Mots-clés Pascal : Infarctus, Myocarde, Autoévaluation, Hospitalisation, Validité, Epidémiologie, Méthodologie, Biais méthodologique, Evaluation, Personne âgée, Homme, Erreur, Classification, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Appareil circulatoire pathologie, Cardiopathie coronaire, Myocarde pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Infarct, Myocardium, Self evaluation, Hospitalization, Validity, Epidemiology, Methodology, Methodological bias, Evaluation, Elderly, Human, Error, Classification, United States, North America, America, Cardiovascular disease, Coronary heart disease, Myocardial disease
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Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 22/03/2000.