Electronic Record Linkage to Identify Deaths Among Persons with AIDS -- District of Columbia, 2000-2005

June 2008
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;6/13/2008, Vol. 57 Issue 23, p631
The article provides the results of an electronic record linkage which determined that 54% of deaths among persons with AIDS had not been reported previously to the District of Columbia (DC) HIV/AIDS Reporting System (HARS). The findings suggested that electronic record linkage for death ascertainment is necessary to more accurately estimate the prevalence of persons living with HIV/AIDS. A manual search of HARS records was conducted to ensure that these HIV-specific death certificates did not match any previously reported AIDS cases in HARS.


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