Department of Public Health Sciences

Where did they really live? Resolving discrepancies in address at diagnosis

LeTendre D, Cress RD, Riddle S, Creech CM

Journal of Registry Management . 2000. 27(2):57-59.

One of the major challenges facing quality control personnel at a central registry is how to consolidate conflicting information from multiple case reports submitted for the same patient. Address at diagnosis is one of the most important pieces of information collected by the registry; however, it is also one of the more problematic data fields for consolidation. Standardization of address abbreviations by both the hospital registrar and the registry data processing software can reduce the number of cases identified for manual review and streamline address consolidation. For cases that must reviewed manually, a number of resources exist to help resolve discrepancies in address at diagnosis.

Keywords: consolidation, address at diagnosis, quality control, data quality

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