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Validity of the Danish National Registry of Patients for chemotherapy reporting among colorectal cancer patients is high

Authors Lund J, Frøslev T, Deleuran T, Erichsen R, Nilsson T, Pedersen AN, Høyer M

Received 11 June 2013

Accepted for publication 17 July 2013

Published 30 August 2013 Volume 2013:5(1) Pages 327—334


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Jennifer L Lund,1 Trine Frøslev,1 Thomas Deleuran,1,2 Rune Erichsen,1 Tove Nilsson,1 Annette Nørkær Pedersen,3 Morten Høyer4

1Department of Clinical Epidemiology, 2Department of Medicine V (Hepatology and Gastroenterology), 3Hospital Pharmacy, 4Department of Oncology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark

Background: The Danish National Registry of Patients (DNRP) is a potentially valuable resource for monitoring national trends in the use of chemotherapy and evaluating the benefits and harms of alternative treatments among colorectal cancer (CRC) patients in Denmark. However, the validity of chemotherapy reporting in the DNRP is unknown. In this study, we evaluated the validity of the DNRP for identifying the receipt of chemotherapy and specific treatments, and the timing and number of treatments among CRC patients, using medical records and pharmacy data as the reference standard.
Methods: We selected a random sample of CRC patients with lymph node involvement who were diagnosed at Aarhus University Hospital (n = 25) or Aalborg University Hospital (n = 25) from 2009 to 2010. Administration dates, specific treatments, and number of treatment courses were abstracted for the 180 days post diagnosis from the DNRP, medical records, and pharmacy production databases. The prevalence of chemotherapy, timing of first administration, and number of courses were described. DNRP data were compared with the reference standard for each hospital, and the kappa, sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values, and 95% confidence intervals were calculated for the receipt of any chemotherapy and specific treatments.
Results: The prevalence of chemotherapy was 72% and 68% among CRC patients treated in Aarhus and Aalborg, respectively, with >90% of patients without distant metastasis receiving treatment within 90 days from diagnosis. Patients received on average 4.6 and 4.7 treatment courses in Aarhus and Aalborg, respectively. Kappa, sensitivity, and specificity of chemotherapy reporting in the DNRP was high (≥0.88), but the sensitivity of individual chemotherapies varied by hospital.
Conclusion: The validity of chemotherapy reporting in the DNRP was high, although some variation by hospital exists. The DNRP represents a population-based nationwide resource that can be used to provide timely and accurate evaluations of chemotherapy use among CRC patients in Denmark.

Keywords: chemotherapy, colorectal cancer, administrative data

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