The Minimum Data Set is widely used in care planning for nursing home residents and can serve as an important source of diagnostic information on veterans receiving rehabilitation in this important setting. This study examines whether data files can be used in place of clinicians' assessments to identify active diagnoses. We found that Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) data files are not a suitable replacement and that for many diagnoses there was poor agreement between nurses and databases. Further efforts are required to determine best approaches for identifying active diagnoses for residents residing in VA nursing homes.
Volume 47 Number 8, 2010
Pages 719 — 724
This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Berlowitz DR, Hickey EC, Saliba D. Can administrative data identify active diagnoses for long-term care resident assessment? J Rehabil Res Dev. 2010;47(8):719-24.
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