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a brief oral or written summary of a book, a scientific or scholarly work, or the results of a scientific or scholarly study. An abstract generally aims to provide scientific or scholarly information. The dissertation abstract written by those seeking the degree of candidate or doctor of sciences is a summary of the dissertation’s chief scholarly and theoretical propositions.

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The study included discharge abstracts on all patients treated by either RN or PN at acute inpatient facilities from April 1, 1998 to March 31, 2008.
22) * TP, true positive; FP, false positive; TN, true negative: FN, false negative; PPV, positive predictive value; NPV, negative predictive value; PLR, positive likelihood ratio; NLR, negative likelihood ratio; DAD Flu Diagnosis, International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification, diagnosis code for influenza on the discharge abstract database stored in the Ottawa Hospital Data Warehouse.
Figure 6 Mean Inpatient Days, by System of Care for Disabled Dually and Non-Dually Eligible Medicare Beneficiaries: California, 2001 Dually Eligible Non-Dually Eligible Beneficiaries Beneficiaries Fee-for-Service 1,939 1,231 Health Maintenance Qrganization 1,543 1,190 SOURCES: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Data from the Denominator File and Enrollment Database, 2001 and the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development Patient Discharge Abstract, 2001.
For risk adjustment of PPC rates in the analyses that follow, however, we used an admission APR DRG that is based on the principal diagnosis from the discharge abstract, but excludes all secondary diagnoses that are not present on admission.
The objectives of this study were to (1) perform a systematic review of hospital-based studies to identify validated ICD-9-, ICD-9-CM-, or ICD-10based AMI case definitions; (2) identify what case definitions have been used in the literature; (3) validate previously validated case definitions in dually coded ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 data through medical chart review; and (4) apply validated AMI case definitions to Canadian hospital discharge abstract data to assess the impact of various case definitions on estimates of AMI admissions and in-hospital mortality.
8 percent of mothers' discharge abstract records, 76.
Hospital discharge abstract data for 1985 were obtained from each participating hospital.
Although this information is not routinely on the discharge abstract or bill information, it can be easily added.
Our data came from the Iowa Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program Cancer Registry, the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) inpatient discharge abstract files, and the Census Bureau's 1990 Zip Code Summary Tape File 3B.
All-patient hospital discharge abstract data and nurse staffing data were obtained from 11 states that collect both sets of information: Arizona, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New York, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Preparation and linkage of the discharge abstract and Medicare enrollment data upon which this article is based were performed under contract no.