(Dis)concordance of comorbidity data and cancer status across administrative datasets, medical charts, and self-reports

A. Sheriffdeen, J. L. Millar, C. Martin, M. Evans, G. Tikellis, S. M. Evans

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BACKGROUND: Benchmarking outcomes across settings commonly requires risk-adjustment for co-morbidities that must be derived from extant sources that were designed for other purposes. A question arises as to the extent to which differing available sources for health data will be concordant when inferring the type and severity of co-morbidities, how close are these to the "truth". We studied the level of concordance for same-patient comorbidity data extracted from administrative data (coded from International Classification of Diseases, Australian modification,10th edition [ICD-10 AM]), from the medical chart audit, and data self-reported by men with prostate cancer who had undergone a radical prostatectomy. METHODS: We included six hospitals (5 public and 1 private) contributing to the Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry-Victoria (PCOR-Vic) in the study. Eligible patients from the PCOR-Vic underwent a radical prostatectomy between January 2017 and April 2018.Health Information Manager's in each hospital, provided each patient's associated administrative ICD-10 AM comorbidity codes. Medical charts were reviewed to extract comorbidity data. The self-reported comorbidity questionnaire (SCQ) was distributed through PCOR-Vic to eligible men. RESULTS: The percentage agreement between the administrative data, medical charts and self-reports ranged from 92 to 99% in the 122 patients from the 217 eligible participants who responded to the questionnaire. The presence of comorbidities showed a poor level of agreement between data sources. CONCLUSION: Relying on a single data source to generate comorbidity indices for risk-modelling purposes may fail to capture the reality of a patient's disease profile. There does not appear to be a 'gold-standard' data source for the collection of data on comorbidities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number858
Number of pages12
JournalBMC Health Services Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2020


  • Comorbidities
  • Concordance
  • Prostate cancer
  • Self-reports

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