umu.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
External review and validation of the Swedish national inpatient register.
Show others and affiliations
2011 (English)In: BMC Public Health, ISSN 1471-2458, E-ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 11, 450- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: The Swedish National Inpatient Register (IPR), also called the Hospital Discharge Register, is a principal source of data for numerous research projects. The IPR is part of the National Patient Register. The Swedish IPR was launched in 1964 (psychiatric diagnoses from 1973) but complete coverage did not begin until 1987. Currently, more than 99% of all somatic (including surgery) and psychiatric hospital discharges are registered in the IPR. A previous validation of the IPR by the National Board of Health and Welfare showed that 85-95% of all diagnoses in the IPR are valid. The current paper describes the history, structure, coverage and quality of the Swedish IPR.

METHODS AND RESULTS: In January 2010, we searched the medical databases, Medline and HighWire, using the search algorithm "validat* (inpatient or hospital discharge) Sweden". We also contacted 218 members of the Swedish Society of Epidemiology and an additional 201 medical researchers to identify papers that had validated the IPR. In total, 132 papers were reviewed. The positive predictive value (PPV) was found to differ between diagnoses in the IPR, but is generally 85-95%.

CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, the validity of the Swedish IPR is high for many but not all diagnoses. The long follow-up makes the register particularly suitable for large-scale population-based research, but for certain research areas the use of other health registers, such as the Swedish Cancer Register, may be more suitable.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central , 2011. Vol. 11, 450- p.
Keyword [en]
Classification of diseases, disease, epidemiology, morbidity, register
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-47963DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-450PubMedID: 21658213OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-47963DiVA: diva2:445748
Available from: 2011-10-04 Created: 2011-10-04 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(927 kB)406 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 927 kBChecksum SHA-512
92817d0e1f4b984626662038a59675de2036b617016d0da051df4df7cbb6c17933f3741df31d78311479a80af78553d7d40f3421319bfcc13d982754f1317ba8
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full textPubMed

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Reuterwall, Christina
By organisation
Occupational and Environmental Medicine
In the same journal
BMC Public Health
Medical and Health Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 406 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
pubmed
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
pubmed
urn-nbn
Total: 155 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf