Abstract:several sources of real world data available to researchers. METHODS: We compare and contrast the pros and cons of data available from administrative (payment) databases, electronic medical record (EMR) databases, and surveys. RESULTS: Administrative claims databases provide fully-integrated, all-encounter patient data on diagnoses, procedures, and payments. However, data quality varies depending upon whether particular fields are required for provider payment. Data on lab and test values are typically lacking… Show more
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