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Recent Research from University of Munich Highlight Findings in Health and Medical Informatics

May 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Investigators publish new report on Health and Medical Informatics. According to news reporting originating in Munich, Germany, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Adverse drug events, the unintended and harmful effects of medications, are important outcome measures in health services research. Yet no universally accepted set of International Classification of Diseases (ICD) revision 10 codes or coding algorithms exists to ensure their consistent identification in administrative data."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Munich, "Our objective was to synthesize a comprehensive set of ICD-10 codes used to identify adverse drug events. We developed a systematic search strategy and applied it to five electronic reference databases. We searched relevant medical journals, conference proceedings, electronic grey literature and bibliographies of relevant studies, and contacted content experts for unpublished studies. One author reviewed the titles and abstracts for inclusion and exclusion criteria. Two authors reviewed eligible full-text articles and abstracted data in duplicate. Data were synthesized in a qualitative manner. Of 4241 titles identified, 41 were included. We found a total of 827 ICD-10 codes that have been used in the medical literature to identify adverse drug events. The median number of codes used to search for adverse drug events was 190 (IQR 156-289) with a large degree of variability between studies in the numbers and types of codes used. Authors commonly used external injury (Y40.0-59.9) and disease manifestation codes. Only two papers reported on the sensitivity of their code set. Substantial variability exists in the methods used to identify adverse drug events in administrative data."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Our work may serve as a point of reference for future research and consensus building in this area."

For more information on this research see: ICD-10 codes used to identify adverse drug events in administrative data: a systematic review. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2014;21(3):547-557. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association can be contacted at: Bmj Publishing Group, British Med Assoc House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR, England.

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting C.M. Hohl, University of Munich, Inst Med Informat Verarbeitung Biometrie & Epidem, Munich, Germany. Additional authors for this research include A. Karpov, L. Reddekopp and J. Stausberg.

Keywords for this news article include: Munich, Europe, Germany, Health and Medical Informatics

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