Administrative codes combined with medical records based criteria accurately identified bacterial infections among rheumatoid arthritis patients.

@article{Patkar2009AdministrativeCC,
  title={Administrative codes combined with medical records based criteria accurately identified bacterial infections among rheumatoid arthritis patients.},
  author={Nivedita M. Patkar and Jeffrey R. Curtis and Gim Gee Teng and Jeroan J. Allison and Michael Saag and Carolyn K. Martin and Kenneth G. Saag},
  journal={Journal of clinical epidemiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={62 3},
  pages={321-7, 327.e1-7}
}
OBJECTIVE To evaluate diagnostic properties of International Classification of Diseases, Version 9 (ICD-9) diagnosis codes and infection criteria to identify bacterial infections among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING We performed a cross-sectional study of RA patients with and without ICD-9 codes for bacterial infections. Sixteen bacterial infection criteria were developed. Diagnostic properties of comprehensive and restrictive sets of ICD-9 codes and the… CONTINUE READING

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