Data dictionaries – what do they have to do with public health?
Article first published online: 10 JUN 2008
© 2008 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2008 Public Health Association of Australia
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume 32, Issue 3, pages 286–287, June 2008
How to Cite
Egana, N. and Bruinsma, F. (2008), Data dictionaries – what do they have to do with public health?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 32: 286–287. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2008.00231.x
- Issue published online: 10 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 10 JUN 2008
- Submitted: March 2008 Accepted: March 2008
- public health databases as topic;
- health expenditures;
- quality control
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.