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Interrater reliability of a national acute myocardial infarction register

Authors Govatsmark R, Sneeggen S, Karlsaune H, Slørdahl S, Bønaa KH

Received 6 February 2016

Accepted for publication 9 May 2016

Published 17 August 2016 Volume 2016:8 Pages 305—312


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Henrik Toft Sørensen

Ragna Elise Støre Govatsmark,1,2 Sylvi Sneeggen,2 Hanne Karlsaune,2 Stig Arild Slørdahl,2 Kaare Harald Bønaa,1–3

1Department of Public Health and General Practice, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2Department of Medical Quality Registries, 3Clinic for Heart Disease, St. Olav’s University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway

Background: Disease-specific registers may be used for measuring and improving healthcare and patient outcomes, and for disease surveillance and research, provided they contain valid and reliable data. The aim of this study was to assess the interrater reliability of all variables in a national myocardial infarction register.
Methods: We randomly selected 280 patients who had been enrolled from 14 hospitals to the Norwegian Myocardial Infarction Register during the year 2013. Experienced audit nurses, who were blinded to the data about the 280 patients already in the register, completed the Norwegian Myocardial Infarction paper forms for 240 patients by review of medical records. We then extracted all registered data on the same patients from the Norwegian Myocardial Infarction Register. To compare the interrater reliability between the register and the audit nurses, we calculated intraclass correlations coefficient for continuous variables, Cohen’s kappa and Gwet’s first agreement coefficient (AC1) for nominal variables, and quadratic weighted Cohen’s kappa and Gwet’s second AC for ordinal variables.
Results: We found excellent (AC1 >0.80) or good (AC1 0.61–0.80) agreement for most variables, including date and time variables, medical history, investigations and treatments during hospitalization, medication at discharge, and ST-segment elevation or non-ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction. However, only moderate agreement (AC1 0.41–0.60) was found for family history of coronary heart disease, diagnostic electrocardiography, and complications during hospitalization, whereas fair agreement (AC1 0.21–0.40) was found for acute myocardial infarction location. A high percentage of missing data was found for symptom onset, family history, body mass index, infarction location, and new Q-wave.
Conclusion: Most variables in Norwegian Myocardial Infarction Register had excellent or good reliability. However, some important variables had lower reliability than expected or had missing data. Precise definitions of data elements and proper training of data abstractors are necessary to ensure that clinical registries contain valid and reliable data.

medical registers, data quality, medical quality register

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