Research Article

Estimating list inflation in a practice register.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 287 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.287.6403.1434 (Published 12 November 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;287:1434
  1. J S Cobb,
  2. D P Miles

    Abstract

    The reason why patients were incorrectly registered in an age-sex register was studied. Whereas underregistration was caused by patient delay in registering with a doctor, the much greater number of overregistered patients were thought to be there largely because of administrative delays in removing their names from the register. It is suggested that it would be possible for the software of a computer system in general practice to correct the population size and structure for estimated list inflation.