Development of an integrated stroke outcomes database within Veterans Health Administration.
A fundamental goal of the Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center of Excellence is to improve care and outcomes for veterans with rehabilitation needs. To achieve this goal, the Center's primary objective is increasing research capacity. The Integrated Stroke Outcomes Database is a collection of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) clinical and administrative data containing patient information on a cohort of stroke patients found in the Functional Status Outcomes Database (FSOD), National Patient Care Database (NPCD), and other VHA sources. Clinical and administrative data were abstracted from several VHA data sources and linked to form an integrated outcomes database. A primary cohort of stroke patients treated during fiscal year (FY) 2001 was identified from the FSOD. Matching data from the NPCD, Decision Support System, Health Economics Resource Center, and the National Veterans Survey were obtained, merged, and reported in brief. This integrated database structure will provide valuable support to enhance the VHA capacity to perform stroke rehabilitation research.
Reker, DM; Reid, K; Duncan, PW; Marshall, C; Cowper, D; Stansbury, J; Warr-Wing, KL
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