A computerized database in epilepsy is a data computer file containing information regarding baseline and follow-up findings on patients with epilepsy. The advantages of a computerized database include the collection of huge amounts of data from different sources and target populations, the assessment of broad geographic and time trends in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, the availability of data for auditing procedures, and the use of a common terminology. The disadvantages include the collection of data from selected and frequently ill-defined populations, the lack of detailed information, the availability of scarcely controlled and sometimes poor data, and the interference with the activities of clinical practice. Some advantages and limitations of a computerized database, which has been activated since 1988 by a network of epilepsy centers in Lombardy, are discussed based on the results of an audit of the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in 3469 patients assessed in 1990 and 1992.
|Translated title of the contribution||Computerized database in epilepsy: Advantages and limitations of an Italian regional register|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology