Identifying Neck and Back Pain in Administrative Data: Defining the Right Cohort
Spine, 05/02/2012Sinnott PL et al.
Gaps are evident in existing methods and a new framework to identify patients with neck pain and back pain in administrative data is proposed.
A literature review produced 7 methods for identifying neck and back pain in administrative data.
These code lists were used to search Veterans Health Administration data for patients with back and neck problems, and to further categorize each case by spinal segment involved, as nonspecific/mechanical and as surgical or not.
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