Use of record linkage in small-area studies

E. Pukkala

in Geographical and Environmental Epidemiology

Published in print July 1996 | ISBN: 9780192622358
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723636 | DOI:
Use of record linkage in small-area studies

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This chapter discusses record linkage in small-area studies. Record linkage refers to the combination of data items, often from different files, for a certain unit of observation. In epidemiology, record linkage is often used to connect data for a particular individual. It is used for causal research and applied when the data on causes (treatment, exposure, etc) are to be related to the effect (survival/risk of the disease). Examples of record linkage to individual health area are presented.

Keywords: record linkage; health data; small-area study; unit of observation; causal research

Chapter.  2926 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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