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Identifying patients with a cancer diagnosis using general practice medical records and Cancer Registry data

Pascoe, S. W, Neal, Richard D., Heywood, P. L, Allgar, V. L, Miles, J. N. and Stefoski-Mikeljevic, J. 2008. Identifying patients with a cancer diagnosis using general practice medical records and Cancer Registry data. Family Practice 25 (4) , pp. 215-220. 10.1093/fampra/cmn023

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Abstract

Background. The medical records of patients with cancer need to accurately record diagnoses for professionals to provide quality care. Aims. (i) To develop a methodology which identifies medical records of patients with a cancer diagnosis. (ii) To describe the effectiveness of search strategies to identify all patients in primary care with a cancer diagnosis compared with a diagnosis identified by a Cancer Registry. Methods. The design of the study was a retrospective analysis of primary care medical records. Five general practices were recruited in the UK. The completeness and correctness of searches were measured and compared both within the practices and compared with a diagnosis identified by a Cancer Registry. Results. One in five of all primary care patients with cancer was not identified when a search for all patients with cancer was conducted using electronic codes for malignancy. One in five patient records with an electronic code for a malignancy that was confirmed by registration with the Cancer Registry actually lacked the necessary documentation to verify the cancer type, date of diagnosis or any other aspect of the malignant condition. Overall, electronic codes for cancer in these medical records have a poor level of completeness (29.4%) and correctness (65.6%) when compared with the Cancer Registry. Conclusions. The electronic codes in five general practices were not able to identify all patients on the practice lists with a cancer diagnosis. Practices will only be able to comply with guidelines and meet quality targets if they can identify all of their current patients with a cancer diagnosis and will require information from a Cancer Registry in order to do this.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Uncontrolled Keywords: primary care ; cancer ; medical records
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0263-2136
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/27269

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