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Record linkage

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
METeOR identifier:Help on this term327264
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 01/03/2005
Community Services (retired), Standard 01/03/2005
Definition:Help on this termA process, technique or method that enables the bringing together of two or more records that are believed to belong to the same individual.
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Record linkage may facilitate improved service provision, treatment or case management to individual clients.

Collection and usage attributes

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Linkage can occur across data systems or within data systems and may be done by using a range of identifiers.

For statistical purposes, including planning, research or the measurement of service or program outcomes, record linkage facilitates separating multiple items clustered around individuals from total counts (for example, double counting of clients can be reduced when calculating total numbers of clients across several agencies).

The proposed use of a linkage key in the Home and Community Care program (HACC) Minimum Data Set is intended to make it possible to count the number of HACC clients (without counting clients more than once) and the services which they receive. The Commonwealth-State Territory Disability Agreement National Minimum Data Set is using the statistical linkage key based on that for the HACC Minimum Data Set.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
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Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services 1998 Home and Community Care (HACC) Data Dictionary Version 1.0 Canberra: DHFS

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Record linkage, version 2, DEC, NCSDD, NCSIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (13.6 KB)

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Estimated date flag code N Community Services (retired), Standard 01/03/2005

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National Bowel Cancer Screening Program NBEDS 2014-18 Health, Superseded 06/09/2018

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National Bowel Cancer Screening Program NBEDS 2019–20 Health, Standardisation pending 23/11/2018

Person (name)—family name, text X[X(39)] Health, Superseded 04/05/2005
Community Services (retired), Superseded 25/08/2005

Person (name)—given name, text X[X(39)] Health, Superseded 04/05/2005
Community Services (retired), Superseded 25/08/2005

Person (name)—given name, text X[X(39)] Housing assistance, Standard 20/06/2005
Health, Superseded 05/10/2016
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 01/09/2016
Community Services (retired), Superseded 06/02/2012

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