Probabilistic record linkage is a valid and transparent tool to combine databases without a patient identification number.

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OBJECTIVE To describe the technical approach and subsequent validation of the probabilistic linkage of the three anonymous, population-based Dutch Perinatal Registries (LVR1 of midwives, LVR2 of obstetricians, and LNR of pediatricians/neonatologists). These registries do not share a unique identification number. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING A combination of… (More)

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@article{Mray2007ProbabilisticRL, title={Probabilistic record linkage is a valid and transparent tool to combine databases without a patient identification number.}, author={Nora M{\'e}ray and Johannes B. Reitsma and Anita C. J. Ravelli and Gouke J. Bonsel}, journal={Journal of clinical epidemiology}, year={2007}, volume={60 9}, pages={883-91} }