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released: 29 Jan 2008 author: Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring

This statistical procedure manual documents and shares the experience of the Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring (ACAM) in analysing national asthma-specific population data. Since its formation in 2002, ACAM have undertaken extensive analyses of a wide range of administrative and population health data to monitor asthma in Australia. In this manual, the approaches developed by ACAM for interrogating large population datasets from the point of receipt until delivery of final analyses are documented. It is anticipated that the principles applied in relation to interrogating data for asthma monitoring purposes will also be applicable to other chronic disease areas.

ISBN 978 1 74024 746 7; Cat. no. ACM 13; 80pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Preface
  • Sections
    1. Introduction
      1. Background
      2. Structure of this report
    2. Statistical methods
      1. General approaches
      2. Counts
      3. Population-based rates
      4. Case-based rates
      5. Disability-adjusted life years
      6. Tests for significance and association
      7. Survey weights and adjusting for cluster sampling
      8. Mapping to demographic, socioeconomic and geographic classifications
    3. National Health Survey
      1. Background
      2. Access to de-identified unit record National Health Survey data
      3. Asthma questions included in the National Health Survey
      4. Using National Health Survey data for asthma monitoring
      5. Statistical methods for NHS data
    4. State health surveys
      1. Background
      2. Data available from CATI surveys
    5. National Mortality Database
      1. Background
      2. National Mortality Database data items
      3. Data analysis
    6. National Hospital Morbidity Database
      1. Background
      2. Coding of hospital diagnoses
      3. National Hospital Morbidity Database data items
      4. Data analysis
      5. Hospital re-admissions
    7. Emergency department data
    8. Bettering the Evaluation And Care of Health general practice survey
      1. Background
      2. Access to BEACH data
      3. Data items
      4. Using BEACH data for asthma monitoring
    9. Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme data
      1. Background
      2. Data coverage
      3. Data items
      4. Data processing
      5. Data analyses
    10. Medicare Australia Online data
      1. Medical Benefits Scheme data
      2. Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme online
    11. Other data sources
      1. Pharmacy Guild Survey
      2. IMS Health data
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      1. National asthma indicators
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of Tables

Notes and corrections

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  1. The catalogue number on the title and verso pages was corrected from 'ACM 12' to 'ACM 13'. (12 August 2008)

Recommended citation

Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring 2008. Statistical methods for monitoring asthma. Cat. no. ACM 13. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 23 July 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468066>.

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