Matching AIDS and tuberculosis registry data to identify AIDS/tuberculosis comorbidity cases in California
Xia, Q., Westenhouse, J. L., Schultz, A. F., Nonoyama, A., Elms, W., Wu, N., ... Flood, J. M. (2011). Matching AIDS and tuberculosis registry data to identify AIDS/tuberculosis comorbidity cases in California. Health Informatics Journal, 17(1), 41-50.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the sensitivity and positive predictive value (PPV) of a registry data linkage procedure used in the California AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) Registry Data Linkage Study to identify AIDS/TB comorbidity cases in California. The California AIDS registry data from 1981 to 2006 were linked to the California TB registry data from 1996 to 2006 using LinkPlus, a probabilistic record linkage program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and matched results were manually reviewed to determine true or false matches. We estimated the sensitivity of this procedure to range from 98.0 per cent (95% confidence interval, CI: 97.3%, 98.7%) to 98.8 per cent (95% CI: 98.1%, 99.2%), and the PPV to be 100 per cent (95% CI: 96.8%, 100.0%). Our study demonstrated the feasibility of using this linkage procedure to match AIDS and TB registry data with a very high degree of accuracy