Improving the quality of industry and occupation data at a central cancer registry.
Armenti-KR; Celaya-MO; Cherala-S; Riddle-B; Schumacher-PK; Rees-JR
Am J Ind Med 2010 Oct; 53(10):995-1001
BACKGROUND: Central cancer registries are required to collect industry and occupation (I/O) information when available, but the data reported are often incomplete. METHODS: We audited the completeness of I/O data in the New Hampshire State Cancer Registry (NHSCR) database for diagnosis year 2005, and reviewed medical records for a convenience sample of 474 of these cases. We compared I/O data quality before and after a statewide registrar training session on occupationally related cancers. RESULTS: The original 2005 data contained both I/O data in 11.5% of cases, and lacked any I/O data in 74.5%. Corresponding figures for cases selected for audit were 15.2% and 77.2%, which improved to 54.2% and 11.8% after medical record review. After registrar training, 47% of reports contained both I/O data, and only 14.4% of cases lacked any I/O data. CONCLUSIONS: Statewide training to highlight the importance of I/O data is an effective method to improve I/O data quality.
Cancer; Cancer-rates; Mortality-data; Morbidity-rates; Information-processing; Information-retrieval-systems; Information-systems; Surveillance-programs;
Author Keywords: Cancer registry; Occupational cancer; Medical record review; Industry and occupation; Data quality
Karla R. Armenti, NH DHHS Division of Public Health Services, Office of Health Statistics and Data Management, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301-4604
American Journal of Industrial Medicine