Records as a data source: the case for health visitor records


  • Alison E. While BSc MSc PhD SRN HV Cert

    1. Lecturer, Department of Nursing Studies, King's College London, University of London, 552 King's Road, London SW10 OVA
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Health records as a source of research data are examined. A case study approach is adopted to evaluate the reliability of health visitor records as a data source. It is argued that such records may be a rich source of epidemiological data although their deficiencies should be acknowledged.