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Data linkage of primary and secondary data

02/01/2014 | Leading theme | Edition 2/2014

A gain for small-scale health services research in Germany?

Federal Health Gazette - Health Research - Health Protection> Edition 2/2014
Dr. E. Swart, C. Stallmann, J. Powietzka, S. March


Health services research in Germany deals with a large number of topics in a regional context and mainly uses a (usually: secondary) data source for this purpose. Their specific disadvantages and methodological limitations can have a limiting effect on an analysis. There are various data sources for regional breakdown that could be of interest for regional health services research. Linking different data sources (data linkage) could thus expand the analysis options. In health services research itself, various approaches are currently being discussed in order to overcome the respective weaknesses of primary and secondary data via data linkage. The present article addresses the various forms of data linkage (on an aggregated or individual level) as well as their potentials and restrictions for small-scale health services research. The focus is on individual data linkage, which requires written consent (informed consent). Taking into account the methodological and, in particular, data protection challenges, conclusions are drawn about future fields of application and possibilities for small-scale health services research and substantiated using examples.

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Data linkage of primary and secondary data
A gain for small-scale health services research in Germany?
Dr. E. Swart
C. Stallmann
J. Powietzka
S. March
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