Data quality and quality control of a population-based cancer registry. Experience in Finland

Acta Oncol. 1994;33(4):365-9. doi: 10.3109/02841869409098430.


Cancer registries should pay great attention to the quality of their data, both in terms of completeness (all cancer patients in the population are registered) and accuracy (data on individual cancer patients must be correct). In addition to technical measures in the data processing, different types of checks and comparisons should be routine practice. Active research policy and ambitious, research-oriented staff with competence in medicine, biostatistics and computer science are essential in terms of maintaining good data quality.

MeSH terms

  • Finland / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Patient Discharge / statistics & numerical data
  • Quality Control
  • Registries / standards*