Records as a data source: the case for health visitor records

J Adv Nurs. 1987 Nov;12(6):757-63. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1987.tb01380.x.


Health records as a source of research data are examined. A case study approach is adopted to evaluate the reliability of health visitor records as a data source. It is argued that such records may be a rich source of epidemiological data although their deficiencies should be acknowledged.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Community Health Nursing* / education
  • Data Collection* / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Nursing Records*
  • Research
  • Social Class
  • United Kingdom