The need for data beyond primary diagnosis

Michael D Coory
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11078
Published online: 17 September 2012

To the Editor: A recent editorial in the Journal1 is another in a long line of articles arguing that national linkage of routine care-delivery data will enable us to improve the health care provided to Australian patients.2 However, over the past three decades, progress on national data linkage has been painfully slow. Anyone who has ventured down the path of obtaining national linked data can attest to the fact that it is a frustrating and capricious process.

  • Michael D Coory

  • Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, VIC.


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