Determination of prevalence and incidence using a validated administrative data algorithm

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DateAugust 31, 2013
OBJECTIVE — Accurate information about the magnitude and distribution of diabetes can inform policy and support health care evaluation. We linked physician service claims (PSCs) and hospital discharge abstracts (HDAs) to determine diabetes prevalence and incidence.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS — A retrospective cohort was constructed us- ing administrative data from the national HDA database, PSCs for Ontario (population 11 million), and registries carrying demographics and vital statistics. All HDAs and PSCs bearing a diagnosis of diabetes (ICD9-CM 250) were selected for 1991–1999. Two previously reported algorithms for identification of diabetes were applied as follows: “1-claim” (any HDA or PSC showing diabetes) and “2-claim” (one HDA or two PSCs within 2 years showing diabetes). Incident cases were defined as individuals who met the criteria for diabetes for the first time after at least 2 years of observation. For validation, diagnostic data abstracted from primary care charts (n