Validity of the recording of ischaemic heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the Saskatchewan health care datafiles

Stat Med. 1995 Dec 30;14(24):2627-43. doi: 10.1002/sim.4780142404.


The internal validity of the recording of information about ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the administrative health care datafiles of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan is investigated. Comparisons between hospital data and medical charts for acute myocardial infarction and chronic airways obstruction patients showed excellent diagnostic agreement: 97 per cent and 94 per cent, respectively. Appropriate physician service claims were identified for 89 per cent of hospitalizations for IHD and COPD and exact concordance between diagnoses in the two datafiles varied between 15 per cent for acute/sub-acute IHD and 80 per cent for asthma; including any physician diagnosis within the same broad category (IHD or COPD) increased concordance to 79-94 per cent for IHD and 64-88 per cent for COPD. Contextual information related to the hospitalizations was clinically and epidemiologically realistic.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Databases, Factual / standards*
  • Female
  • Health Services Research
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Insurance Claim Reporting / statistics & numerical data*
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / diagnosis*
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Medical Records / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Ischemia / diagnosis*
  • Myocardial Ischemia / epidemiology
  • Patient Discharge / statistics & numerical data*
  • Population Surveillance
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Saskatchewan / epidemiology