International variation in the definition of 'main condition' in ICD-coded health data.

@article{Quan2014InternationalVI,
  title={International variation in the definition of 'main condition' in ICD-coded health data.},
  author={Hude Quan and Lori Moskal and Alan J. Forster and Susan Brien and Robin L Walker and Patrick S. Romano and Vijaya Sundararajan and Bernard Burnand and G{\"o}ran Henriksson and O Steinum and Saskia E. Dr{\"o}sler and Harold Alan Pincus and William Ghali},
  journal={International journal for quality in health care : journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care},
  year={2014},
  volume={26 5},
  pages={511-5}
}
Hospital-based medical records are abstracted to create International Classification of Disease (ICD) coded discharge health data in many countries. The 'main condition' is not defined in a consistent manner internationally. Some countries employ a 'reason for admission' rule as the basis for the main condition, while other countries employ a 'resource use' rule. A few countries have recently transitioned from one of these approaches to the other. The definition of 'main condition' in such ICD… CONTINUE READING

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