Medical care research based on family doctor routine data - Are interface-communicated treatment data feasible?

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​Medical care research based on family doctor routine data - Are interface-communicated treatment data feasible?​
Hummers-Pradier, E. ; Simmenroth-Nayda, A. ; Scheidt-Navel, C.; Scheer, N.; Fischer, T.; Niebling, W. & Kochen, M. M. ​ (2003) 
Das Gesundheitswesen65(2) pp. 109​-114​.​ DOI: 

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Hummers-Pradier, Eva ; Simmenroth-Nayda, Anne ; Scheidt-Navel, C.; Scheer, N.; Fischer, T.; Niebling, W.; Kochen, Michael M. 
Aims of the study: As part of an ongoing project on the utilisation of generic drugs in general practice we aimed at determining whether the transfer of prescriptions and patient characteristics from doctors' computerized medical records via the BDT (Behandlungsdatentrager) interface was feasible, and whether these data are suitable for research in pharmacoepidemiology. Methods: All 1,395 general practitioners from 6 regions in Germany were invited to participate in the 'generics project'; 232 (17%) agreed. The 17 software companies whose systems were used by the participating practices were asked to grant access to the BDT interface. For a prescription survey, doctors were supposed to export BDT files from two 3-month periods each in 2000 and 2001. Data were anonymised and relevant information extracted with a special programme. Results: So far, BDT data are available from 79 practices. They are suitable for practice- and patient-related prescribing analyses. By filter modifications, additional information (such as diagnoses, referrals; clinical findings or accounting codes) can be obtained. The procedure was well accepted if doctors and practice staff were assisted by computer experts. Some difficulties, however, were encountered in obtaining access to the BDT-interface from the software companies. Lack of standardisation of the BDT interface required additional conditioning of the data. Conclusion: The BDT interface offers an opportunity to export computerised patient records without the requirement of additional documentation. If routine data are more readily available for health services research, a standardised data structure and open access must be assured e.g. by centralised certification via the Federal statutory health organisation.
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