The Use of Automated Data to Identify Complications and Comorbidities of Diabetes: A Validation Study

Department of Health Services, University of Washington Seattle, Seattle, Washington, United States
Journal of Clinical Epidemiology (Impact Factor: 3.42). 04/1999; 52(3):199-207. DOI: 10.1016/S0895-4356(98)00161-9
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We evaluated the accuracy of administrative data for identifying complications and comorbidities of diabetes using International Classification of Diseases, 9th edition, Clinical Modification and Current Procedural Terminology codes. The records of 471 randomly selected diabetic patients were reviewed for complications from January 1, 1993 to December 31, 1995; chart data served to validate automated data. The complications with the highest sensitivity determined by a diagnosis in the medical records identified within +/-60 days of the database date were myocardial infarction (95.2%); amputation (94.4%); ischemic heart disease (90.3%); stroke (91.2%); osteomyelitis (79.2%); and retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage, and vitrectomy (73.5%). With the exception of amputation (82.9%), positive predictive value was low when based on a diagnosis identified within +/-60 days of the database date but increased with relaxation of the time constraints to include confirmation of the condition at any time during 1993-1995: ulcers (88.5%); amputation (85.4%); and retinal detachment, vitreous hemorrhage and vitrectomy (79.8%). Automated data are useful for ascertaining potential cases of some diabetic complications but require confirmatory evidence when they are to be used for research purposes.

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    • "Using GH’s clinical data, participants were identified with a diagnosis of diabetes if any of the following criteria were met: two fasting plasma glucose measurements ≥ 126 mg/dl, or two non-fasting glucose measurements ≥ 200 mg/dl, or one of each within a 12 month period; glycosilated hemoglobin ≥ 7.0%; filled prescriptions for insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents; hospitalizations with a primary or secondary diagnosis of diabetes (250.xx). This definition of a diabetes case is consistent with the definition validated in prior research [9]. To be included in the study’s diabetes cohort, we required that the diabetes-diagnosis criterion was met at least once in 2002–2004 and also at least once in the period 36 months prior to this date. "
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    ABSTRACT: Background About one-third of adults with diabetes have severe oral complications. However, limited previous research has investigated dental care utilization associated with diabetes. This project had two purposes: to develop a methodology to estimate dental care utilization using claims data and to use this methodology to compare utilization of dental care between adults with and without diabetes. Methods Data included secondary enrollment and demographic data from Washington Dental Service (WDS) and Group Health Cooperative (GH), clinical data from GH, and dental-utilization data from WDS claims during 2002–2006. Dental and medical records from WDS and GH were linked for enrolees continuously and dually insured during the study. We employed hurdle models in a quasi-experimental setting to assess differences between adults with and without diabetes in 5-year cumulative utilization of dental services. Propensity score matching adjusted for differences in baseline covariates between the two groups. Results We found that adults with diabetes had lower odds of visiting a dentist (OR = 0.74, p < 0.001). Among those with a dental visit, diabetes patients had lower odds of receiving prophylaxes (OR = 0.77), fillings (OR = 0.80) and crowns (OR = 0.84) (p < 0.005 for all) and higher odds of receiving periodontal maintenance (OR = 1.24), non-surgical periodontal procedures (OR = 1.30), extractions (OR = 1.38) and removable prosthetics (OR = 1.36) (p < 0.001 for all). Conclusions Patients with diabetes are less likely to use dental services. Those who do are less likely to use preventive care and more likely to receive periodontal care and tooth-extractions. Future research should address the possible effectiveness of additional prevention in reducing subsequent severe oral disease in patients with diabetes.
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    • "Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects 25% of diabetic patients all over the world (1). In more severe diseases, critical limb ischemia (CLI) develops, which may owe to diffuse vascular disease, the distal location of obstruction, and the presence of multiple comorbidities (2,3). "
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    ABSTRACT: To examine whether the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator-1α (PGC-1α), a key regulator linking angiogenesis and metabolism, could enhance the engraftment and angiogenesis of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in diabetic hindlimb ischemia, we engineered the overexpression of PGC-1α within MSCs using an adenoviral vector encoding green fluorescent protein and PGC-1α, and then tested the survivability and angiogenesis of MSCs in vitro and in vivo. Under the condition of hypoxia concomitant with serum deprivation, the overexpression of PGC-1α in MSCs resulted in a higher expression level of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (Hif-1α), a greater ratio of B-cell lymphoma leukemia-2 (Bcl-2)/Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax), and a lower level of caspase 3 compared with the controls, followed by an increased survival rate and an elevated expression level of several proangiogenic factors. In vivo, the MSCs modified with PGC-1α could significantly increase the blood perfusion and capillary density of ischemic hindlimb of the diabetic rats, which was correlated to an improved survivability of MSCs and an increased level of several proangiogenic factors secreted by MSCs. We identified for the first time that PGC-1α could enhance the engraftment and angiogenesis of MSCs in diabetic hindlimb ischemia.
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    • "Although billions have been spent for controlling the blood glucose levels of diabetics [1], one in four diabetics still develop peripheral arterial disease (PAD) [2]. In more severe diseases, critical limb ischemia (CLI) may develop, which is more likely to result in incurable ulceration, gangrene, and even limb loss than in non-diabetic patients [3] [4]. "
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    ABSTRACT: To identify better cells for the treatment of diabetic critical limb ischemia (CLI) and foot ulcer in a pilot trial. Under ordinary treatment, the limbs of 41 type 2 diabetic patients with bilateral CLI and foot ulcer were injected intramuscularly with bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs), bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells (BMMNCs), or normal saline (NS). The ulcer healing rate of the BMMSC group was significantly higher than that of BMMNCs at 6 weeks after injection (P=0.022), and reached 100% 4 weeks earlier than BMMNC group. After 24 weeks of follow-up, the improvements in limb perfusion induced by the BMMSCs transplantation were more significant than those by BMMNCs in terms of painless walking time (P=0.040), ankle-brachial index (ABI) (P=0.017), transcutaneous oxygen pressure (TcO(2)) (P=0.001), and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) analysis (P=0.018). There was no significant difference between the groups in terms of pain relief and amputation and there was no serious adverse events related to both cell injections. BMMSCs therapy may be better tolerated and more effective than BMMNCs for increasing lower limb perfusion and promoting foot ulcer healing in diabetic patients with CLI.
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