Child health records as a database for clinical practice, research and community planning


E Hagelin, Central Unit for Child Health Care, Department of Paedoatrics, University Hospital Uppsala S-751 85 Sweden.


In considenng health information systems, great hope is attached to the use of child health records as a data source for research and community planning In order to test the completeness of child health records data and their agreement with other sources, information about living conditions, use of medical services and health problems in preschool children were studied in 707 child health centres' records The results show a considerable number of deficiencies in the system which could, to a certain extent, be remedied by improved instructions to the staff Health problems in the area of child care also need to be fully defined