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Step two constituted a comparison of the Victorian codes with those recorded for Australia-wide, in the NHMD for 2004-05.
External cause codes assigned to Victorian hospital separations between 1 July 2007 and 30 June 2008, identified in phase one, were compared with unintentional fall data from the NHMD for separations between 1 July 2004 and 30 June 2005 reported by the AIHW (Bradley & Harrison 2008).
The NHMD 1993/1994 to 1998/1999 showed 1,302 deaths (157 311 per year) in patients with a code for a principal or additional diagnosis of infectious gastroenteritis in the 6 years.
The current study sought to examine the effects of the additional activity codes on data quality within the NHMD. The specific aims of the study were to:
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