High rates of missing race data in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) records are a known problem. Our study used race information from Medicare and the Department of Defense (DOD) to supplement VA race data. We also examined the agreement in race between the three databases. We found that adding Medicare improved race data substantially, while adding DOD data was less significant. Most VA patients recorded as African American or white were also recorded that way in Medicare and DOD data. However, variation was found between the databases for other minority patients. Results provide researchers with options for more complete and consistent race data.
Volume 47 Number 8, 2010
Pages 781 — 796
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