Open Access Research article

The Intego database: background, methods and basic results of a Flemish general practice-based continuous morbidity registration project

Carla Truyers1*, Geert Goderis1, Harrie Dewitte1, Marjan vanden Akker2 and Frank Buntinx2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of general practice, Kapucijnenvoer 33 blok j bus 7001 te B-3000 Leuven, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

2 Department of Family Medicine, Maastricht University, P Debijeplein 1, room A3.014, P.O. Box 616, Maastricht 6200 MD, The Netherlands

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BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2014, 14:48  doi:10.1186/1472-6947-14-48

Published: 6 June 2014

Abstract

Background

Intego is the only operational computerized morbidity registration network in Belgium based on general practice data. Intego collects data from over 90 general practitioners. All the information is routinely collected in the electronic health record during daily practice.

Methods

In this article we describe the design and methods used within the Intego network together with some of its basic results. The collected data, the quality control procedures, the ethical-legal aspects and the statistical procedures are discussed.

Results

Intego contains longitudinal information on 285 357 different patients, corresponding to over 2.3% of the Flemish population representative in terms of age and sex. More than 3 million diagnoses, 12 million drug prescriptions and 29 million laboratory tests have been recorded.

Conclusions

Intego enables us to present and compare data on health parameters, incidence and prevalence rates, laboratory results, and prescribed drugs for all relevant subgroups on a routine basis and is unique in Belgium.

Keywords:
Morbidity registration network; General practice; Methodology; Quality assessment