Objective. To estimate the prevalence of Parkinson's disease using electronic health archives and to obtain a knowledge base for its governance. Materials. Drug prescriptions, tax-exemptions and hospital discharge records relating to assisted of Health Services Agency "Triestina" in the year 2011. Results. We identified 909 cases (crude prevalence rate: 380/100.000). The percentage contribution of drug prescriptions, tax-exemptions and hospital discharge records is: 81.5%, 36.1% and 35.2%. Conclusions. The use of drug prescriptions to detect patients with Parkinson's disease can be effectively supplemented by data of hospital discharges and tax-exemptions, but they still show an underestimation of 17%.

Estimate of the prevalence of Parkinson's disease by using electronic health archives

Mezzarobba S.
2015

Abstract

Objective. To estimate the prevalence of Parkinson's disease using electronic health archives and to obtain a knowledge base for its governance. Materials. Drug prescriptions, tax-exemptions and hospital discharge records relating to assisted of Health Services Agency "Triestina" in the year 2011. Results. We identified 909 cases (crude prevalence rate: 380/100.000). The percentage contribution of drug prescriptions, tax-exemptions and hospital discharge records is: 81.5%, 36.1% and 35.2%. Conclusions. The use of drug prescriptions to detect patients with Parkinson's disease can be effectively supplemented by data of hospital discharges and tax-exemptions, but they still show an underestimation of 17%.
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