A systematic, comprehensive method and procedures to record essential details about particular events or phenomena in a specified population. Well-known examples are registration systems for births, marriages and divorces, and deaths, so-called vital events that are registered in official statistics for various statutory purposes. Disease registers, such as cancer registries, function by means of overlapping automatic notification procedures to ensure that the information about all pathological and other diagnostic reports, surgical operations for cancer, autopsies, and death certificates in the region covered by the registration system are reported. Relevant recorded information includes personal identifying data, diagnostic details, and, in the case of cancer registries, information about treatment methods, survival time after diagnosis, and other analyses.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.