Registries and administrative data: organization and accuracy

Med Care. 1993 Mar;31(3):201-12. doi: 10.1097/00005650-199303000-00002.


In this article the organization and accuracy of the population registry and administrative data base in Manitoba, Canada are discussed. The overall data management strategy and a framework for analyzing the accuracy of such data are presented. The generally high quality of the Manitoba registry file (necessary to track individuals over time) and the hospital claims is supported by comparisons with other data sources. Hospital claims' main quality problems concern the reliability of certain secondary diagnoses and the level of aggregation necessary for reasonable agreement with other data collection methods (such as chart reviews). Finally, some of the research possibilities associated with population registries and administrative data are outlined.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Comorbidity
  • Data Collection / methods*
  • Female
  • Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Surveys
  • Hospital Records / standards
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Manitoba
  • Medical Record Linkage
  • Middle Aged
  • Patients / statistics & numerical data*
  • Public Health Administration
  • Registries*
  • Small-Area Analysis