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Kavanagh, Paul and Long, Jean and Barry, Joseph (2006) Completeness and accuracy of the drug treatment reporting system in Dublin, Ireland. Irish Journal of Medical Science , 175 , (3) , pp. 52-56.

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Background The National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) is the Irish treateddrug misuse surveillance system.
Aim To measure completeness and accuracy of the NDTRS

Methods Cross-sectional survey of clinical records and matching NDTRS reporting forms of a random sample of 520 clients attending 4 Dublin treatment centres. Using clients’ clinical records as the gold standard, system completeness (proportion of sample reported to the NDTRS) and accuracy of selected variables (proportion of reported clients’ information on the NDTRS that matched clinical record information) were measured.

Results 452/520 (87%) selected records were retrieved. The NDTRS was only 61.1% (95% CI 56.5-65.5) complete; completeness differed across treatment centres (21.8%-85.6%, p<0.0001) and was greater for new and returning clients than for continuing clients (81.7% versus 53.9% respectively, p<0.0001). Problems were identified with the
accuracy of some key variables.

Conclusions Urgent actions have been taken to improve the completeness and accuracy of the reporting system.


Item Type:Article
Date:2006
Page Range:pp. 52-56
Publisher:Springer
Volume:175
Number:3
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:R Research > Research and evaluation
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health services, substance use research

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