ERIC Number: ED082390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Net Differences in Interview Data on Chronic Conditions and Information Derived from Medical Records. Vital and Health Statistics, Series 2, No. 57.
Madow, William G.
The California study, based on data from a national survey, compared accuracy and completeness of information on 7,182 chronic health conditions of persons, 17 years of age or older, given in household interviews with diagnostic information given by group medical plan physicians. Overreporting referred to conditions reported in the interview which were not specified in similar words in the medical record. Underreporting referred to conditions reported with specific words in the interview which were not recorded in the medical record. Some of the findings indicated that estimated underreporting in interviews was 46.8 0/0; that estimated overreporting was 40 0/0; that conditions with low indexes of underreporting and overreporting included diabetes, central nervous system disorders, heart conditions, gallbladder disease, and absence of digits; that underreported conditions included mental illness of a specified type, menstrual disorders, and skin diseases; and that overreported conditions included asthma, hypertension, visual and aural impairments, and speech defects. Overreported or underreported conditions coincided with one patient-physician contact, whereas the proportion of comparative accuracy increased with increased patient-physician contact. Tables, samples of questionnaires, a sample of the physician visit record, a diagnostic record, and the sampling design comprise over half the document. (MC)
Descriptors: Adults, Comparative Analysis, Exceptional Child Research, Interviews, Medical Evaluation, National Surveys, Special Health Problems, Statistical Data, Young Adults
Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. 20402 ($0.85)
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Health Statistics (DHEW/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.