Using HIPE data as a research and planning tool: limitations and opportunities.

O'Loughlin, R; Allwright, S; Barry, J; Kelly, A; Teljeur, C; (2005) Using HIPE data as a research and planning tool: limitations and opportunities. Irish journal of medical science, 174 (2). 40-5; discussion 52-7. ISSN 0021-1265 DOI:

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BACKGROUND: The Hospital Inpatient Enquiry (HIPE) system is an important information source for research and health service planning activities. However, as it was not designed explicitly for these purposes, some limitations exist. AIMS: To make recommendations that would increase the value of HIPE as a research and planning tool. METHODS: Experiences of using HIPE for research and planning exercises were analysed so as to identify its limitations and their impact on research and planning. RESULTS: Limitations were identified regarding data quality, policy issues and the general system. CONCLUSIONS: To increase the utility of HIPE as a research and planning tool, a number of changes are recommended, including: expanding the system to cover private hospitals and outpatient and emergency services; adopting routine small area and socio-economic coding; adopting unique personal identifiers; publishing regular detailed reports with in-depth analyses; and considering making hospital identifiers available in certain circumstances.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 16094912
Web of Science ID: 231016500008


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