Each year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) prescribes millions of prosthetics and assistive devices to veterans. These include items that the veteran can take on and off, such as eyeglasses and hearing aids, as well as devices implanted in the body. The VA tracks these items in the National Prosthetics Patient Database (NPPD). Researchers sometimes need to match NPPD entries to records in other VA databases. Our goal was to learn whether most NPPD records could be matched to other VA records for the same individuals. We found moderate success in matching records across databases.
Volume 47 Number 8, 2010
Pages 725 — 738
Last Reviewed or Updated Wednesday, October 27, 2010 11:07 AM