Extracting general practice data for timely vaccine coverage estimates: The England experience

Michael Edelstein*, Tim Crocker-Buque, Camille Tsang, Odette Eugenio, Tim Hopson, Richard Pebody, Mary Ramsay, Joanne White

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In England, primary care providers use standardised coding systems to record health events such as vaccination as well as patient characteristics. This information can be automatically extracted to estimate coverage for vaccine programmes delivered through primary care, in the general population as well as in specific geographical, ethnic, age or clinical groups. This system provides timely vaccine coverage estimates as well as the flexibility to extract tailored data in order to directly inform a continuously evolving national vaccine programme. It is however limited by the quality and completeness of clinical coding in primary care. A centralised, individual-level register would however improve data quality, completeness and reliability and remains the gold standard.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5110-5114
Number of pages5
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2017

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  • Data collection
  • England
  • Information systems
  • Primary health care
  • Vaccination


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