Limitations of administrative databases in spine research: a study in obesity.

  title={Limitations of administrative databases in spine research: a study in obesity.},
  author={Nicholas S. Golinvaux and Daniel D Bohl and Bryce A. Basques and Michael Ching-Hui Fu and Elizabeth C. Gardner and Jonathan N. Grauer},
  journal={The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society},
  volume={14 12},
BACKGROUND CONTEXT The use of national inpatient databases for spine surgery research has been increasing. Unfortunately, without firsthand knowledge of each specific database, it can be difficult to judge the validity of such studies. Large databases that rely on administrative data, such as International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes, may misrepresent patient information and could thus affect the results of studies that use these data. PURPOSE The present study… CONTINUE READING
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