Comparison and Harmonisation of Denominator Data for Primary Health Care Research in Countries of the European Community: The European Denominator Project

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Martin Schlaud
IOS Press, 1999 - Medical - 129 pages
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Used extensively in North America and Europe, seminal practice networks, also referred to as practice research networks, recruit office-based physicians to monitor defined events among their patients, such as influenza, mumps and asthma attacks, at regional, county and even national levels. After adequate analysis, these data indicate spatial and temporal trends in event frequencies: comparibility of national results is, however, limited, partly due to the different national health systems influencing the demand of medical care. More importantly, the lack of comparable data on the population from which the cases arise - denominator data - obstructs the comparison of data from primary care research between different regions or countries.
 

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Contents

Schlaud
1
Approaches to the Denominator in Sentinel Research An Overview M Schlaud
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The Denominator Problem A Literature Review H Brenner
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Current Denominator Concepts in European Countries
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Representativeness of Sentinel Approaches
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Utilisation of Health Services Key Determinants H Brenner
82
Comparison of Sentinel Data Related to Different Denominators
90
Comparison of Different Models for Zero Class Estimation
116
Conclusions Project Group
129
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