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A comprehensive systematic review of data linkage publications on diabetes in Australia


Dinh, NTT and Cox, IA and de Graaff, B and Campbell, JA and Stokes, B and Palmer, AJ, A comprehensive systematic review of data linkage publications on diabetes in Australia, Frontiers in Public Health, 10 pp. 1-13. ISSN 2296-2565 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3389/fpubh.2022.757987


Aims: Our study aimed to identify the common themes, knowledge gaps and to evaluate the quality of data linkage research on diabetes in Australia.

Methods: This systematic review was developed in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (the PRISMA Statement). Six biomedical databases and the Australian Population Health Research Network (PHRN) website were searched. A narrative synthesis was conducted to comprehensively identify the common themes and knowledge gaps. The guidelines for studies involving data linkage were used to appraise methodological quality of included studies.

Results: After screening and hand-searching, 118 studies were included in the final analysis. Data linkage publications confirmed negative health outcomes in people with diabetes, reported risk factors for diabetes and its complications, and found an inverse association between primary care use and hospitalization. Linked data were used to validate data sources and diabetes instruments. There were limited publications investigating healthcare expenditure and adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in people with diabetes. Regarding methodological assessment, important information about the linkage performed was under-reported in included studies.

Conclusions: In the future, more up to date data linkage research addressing costs of diabetes and its complications in a contemporary Australian setting, as well as research assessing ADRs of recently approved antidiabetic medications, are required.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:data linkage, record linkage, linked data, linked records, medical record linkage, diabetes, Australia.
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Public health not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Dinh, NTT (Ms Thi Thu Ngan Dinh)
UTAS Author:Cox, IA (Dr Ingrid Cox)
UTAS Author:de Graaff, B (Dr Barbara de Graaff)
UTAS Author:Campbell, JA (Dr Julie Campbell)
UTAS Author:Stokes, B (Mr Brian Stokes)
UTAS Author:Palmer, AJ (Professor Andrew Palmer)
ID Code:155621
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2023-03-02
Last Modified:2023-03-02

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