Reliability of data on medical conditions, menstrual and reproductive history provided by hospital controls

Cristina Bosetti, Alessandra Tavani, Eva Negri, Dimitrios Trichopoulos, Carlo La Vecchia

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To assess the reliability of data on medical conditions, and menstrual or reproductive history, a sample of 294 controls interviewed in hospital between 1989 and 1992 for an Italian case-control study on digestive tract neoplasms was re-interviewed at home during 1993. A high agreement between responses at the two interviews (κ ≥ 0.85) was observed for most medical conditions, including diabetes, cholelitiasis, hepatitis, duodenal ulcer, and, among female conditions, uterine fibromas, benign breast disease, hysterectomy and monolateral ovariectomy. For gastric ulcer and parotitis the reliability was less satisfactory (κ = 0.35 and 0.20, respectively). The agreement was high (κ > 0.80) also for age at menarche, menopausal status, type and age at menopause, number of children, age at first pregnancy, age at first and last birth, and spontaneous abortions. The agreement was lower for questions on menstrual pattern (κ = 0.68) and induced abortions (κ = 0.62). Thus, this study indicates that information on personal medical conditions, and menstrual or reproductive history, provided by hospital controls through an interviewer-administered questionnaire is satisfactory for the purposes of epidemiological inference, and that the interview setting does not substantially influence the recall of this information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)902-906
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Epidemiology
Volume54
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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Reproductive History
Interviews
Parotitis
Breast Diseases
Menarche
Birth Order
Induced Abortion
Leiomyoma
Ovariectomy
Spontaneous Abortion
Stomach Ulcer
Duodenal Ulcer
Menopause
Hysterectomy
Hepatitis
Gastrointestinal Tract
Case-Control Studies
Pregnancy
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Case-control studies
  • Epidemiological methods
  • Interviews
  • Reproducibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology

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Reliability of data on medical conditions, menstrual and reproductive history provided by hospital controls. / Bosetti, Cristina; Tavani, Alessandra; Negri, Eva; Trichopoulos, Dimitrios; La Vecchia, Carlo.

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Bosetti, Cristina ; Tavani, Alessandra ; Negri, Eva ; Trichopoulos, Dimitrios ; La Vecchia, Carlo. / Reliability of data on medical conditions, menstrual and reproductive history provided by hospital controls. In: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2001 ; Vol. 54, No. 9. pp. 902-906.
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