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Kathleen K. Thoburn, Robert R. German, Mary Lewis, Phyllis “Janie” Nichols, Faruque Ahmed and Jeannette Jackson-Thompson Case completeness and data accuracy in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Program of Cancer Registries Cancer 109

Version of Record online: 7 MAR 2007 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.22566

Results from the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) Technical Assistance and Audit Program for 34 central cancer registries (CCRs) were aggregated for diagnosis years 1998 to 2001 in a first-time analysis of average case completeness and anatomic site-specific (ie, lung and bronchus, colon and rectum, prostate, and female breast) data accuracy rates overall and by covariates obtained from several data sources. Study findings underscore the importance of CCRs having adequate, well-trained staff, procuring supplemental reporting sources, and attaining compliance with national data standards; suggest a positive outcome of NPCR support for a statewide, population-based CCR; demonstrate the overall completeness and high quality of NPCR Cancer Surveillance System data; and provide guidance to users of the data.

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