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Use of medical insurance claims data for occupational health research.

Authors
Cullen-MR; Vegso-S; Cantley-L; Galusha-D; Rabinowitz-P; Oyebode-T; Fiellin-M; Wennberg-D; Iennaco-J; Slade-MD; Sircar-K
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2006 Oct; 48(10):1054-1061
NIOSHTIC No.
20031129
Abstract
The objective of this study was to demonstrate that health claims data, widely available due to the unique nature of the U.S. healthcare system, can be linked to other relevant databases such as personnel files and exposure data maintained by large employers. These data offer great potential for occupational health research. In this article, we describe the process for linking claims data to industrial hygiene exposure data and personnel files of a single large employer to conduct epidemiologic research. Our results demonstrate the ability to replicate previously published findings using commonly maintained data sets and illustrate methodological issues that may arise as newer hypotheses are tested in this way. Health claims files offer potential for epidemiologic research in the United States, although the full extent and guidelines for successful application await further clarification through empiric research.
Keywords
Occupational-health; Health-care; Industrial-hygiene; Occupational-exposure; Epidemiology; Occupational-medicine; Environmental-health; Environmental-medicine; Surveillance
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20061001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
mark.cullen@yale.edu
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
10
ISSN
1076-2752
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
WV; CT
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