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Data dictionaries – what do they have to do with public health?


Correspondence to:
Ms Nilva Egana, PO Box 232, Fairfield, Victoria 3078. e-mail: negana@students.latrobe.edu.au


While various types of technologies continue to diffuse throughout the health and welfare sectors, there is one in particular that is ubiquitous – the electronic database. Large databases are generally designed by information technology professionals with input from the health or welfare professional. However, whether large or small, an electronic database must have a data dictionary that is current and ideally derived from standards. This will avoid ambiguities and time consuming efforts which affect on precious resources.