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Session: Record linkage for epidemiologic research: New opportunities and new challenges
4128.1: Tuesday, November 07, 2006: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Record linkage for epidemiologic research: New opportunities and new challenges
Federally sponsored health surveys are a critical source of information on public health in the United States. Linking individual survey records to administrative records and other sources provides a powerful and efficient means to augment information on national health surveys and increase their analytic potential for epidemiologic research. Recently the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has expanded its data linkage program for its population-based surveys, such as the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES), allowing for epidemiologic research that can advance our understanding of the multiple factors influencing population morbidity, disability, and mortality. Concurrent with this expansion is the development of new data access procedures designed to ensure participant confidentiality which provide new challenges for investigators who seek to utilize these important resources. This session will describe the new record linkage activities of NCHS, including methodological and data access procedures for users, and present exemplary analytical projects that demonstrate the broad range of epidemiologic research that is possible with the newly linked NCHS data.
Learning Objectives: At the end of this session, attendees will: 1) have knowledge of NCHS’s data linkage activities, including linking methodology, and will be able to describe the new data sources; 2) will understand the broad array of research that can be conducted with NCHS linked data files and be able to apply it to their own interests; 3) be able to evaluate the data access procedures for the restricted linked data using the NCHS Research Data Center (RDC).
Organizer(s):Kimberly A. Lochner, PhD
Discussant(s):David Rehkopf, ScD
12:30 PMNational Center for Health Statistics record linkage activities  [ Recorded presentation ]
Kimberly A. Lochner, PhD, Christine S. Cox, MA
12:45 PM: Occupational studies using the new restricted-access NHIS linked mortality files  [ Recorded presentation ]
David Lee, PhD, Lora E. Fleming, MD, PhD, William G. LeBlanc, PhD, Kristopher L. Arheart, EdD, Katherine Chung-Bridges, MD, MPH, Sharon L. Christ, MS, Alberto Caban-Martin, MPH, Terry Pitman, BA, Katherine E. McCollister, PhD
1:00 PMDietary patterns and risk of mortality: A methodological comparison using the NHANES III Linked Mortality file
Sharon Saydah, PhD, Catherine Loria, PhD, MS, MA
1:15 PMHealth insurance, access, and utilization among Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries in the 24-month waiting period for Medicare: Findings from NHIS, Social Security, and Medicare linked records  [ Recorded presentation ]
Gerald Riley, MSPH
1:30 PMDiscussion
1:45 PMQuestion/Answer and Discussion
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Epidemiology
Endorsed by:Injury Control and Emergency Health Services; Occupational Health and Safety
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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