Feasibility study and methodology to create a quality-evaluated database of primary care data

Inform Prim Care. 2004;12(3):171-7. doi: 10.14236/jhi.v12i3.124.


Objectives: To build and test a model for the collection of computerised retrospective primary care data from the UK, and to assess its quality for use in medical and pharmaceutical research.

Design: Collection and evaluation of sampled retrospective general practice data recording.

Setting: General practices, using the Vision practice management software in the UK.

Main outcome measures: Quality indicators of completeness of data recording.

Results: Initial audit of 236 practices indicated good recording of prescribing in all practices and a high level of completeness of recording of clinical information in many of the practices.

Conclusions: In the group of practices studied, levels of recording were generally assessed to be of sufficient quality to enable a database of quality-evaluated, anonymised primary care records to be created.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Benchmarking / methods*
  • Databases, Factual
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mortality
  • National Health Programs / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / administration & dosage*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Pregnancy
  • Primary Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • United Kingdom


  • Pharmaceutical Preparations