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Despite the rapid growth in routine computerized data collection within the National Health Service (NHS), and the increased use of such data for generating hospital statistics and doctor activity rates, few validation studies exist. During a study of 158 acute medical admissions, and examination of hospital data revealed numerous and systematic inaccuracies. If general practitioner (GP) performance statistics are to be reliably based on such sources, data validation, staff training, and protocols for data entry should form a routine part of NHS practice.


Journal article


Br J Gen Pract

Publication Date





439 - 440


Acute Disease, Admitting Department, Hospital, Data Collection, England, Family Practice, Humans, Medical Records Systems, Computerized, Quality Control, Reproducibility of Results