Mak, D. B., & Watkins, R. E. (2008). Improving the accuracy of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal disease notification rates using data linkage. Australasian Sexual Health Congress 2008.
Routinely collected infectious disease surveillance data provide a valuable means to monitor the health of populations. Notifiable disease surveillance systems in Australia have consistently reported high levels of completeness of demographic data fields of age and sex, but low levels of completeness of Aboriginality data. Significant amounts of missing data associated with case notifications can introduce bias in the estimation of disease rates by population subgroups.
The aim of this analysis was to evaluate the use of data linkage to improve the accuracy of estimated notification rates for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal groups in Western Australia.