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Agreement between veterinary patient data collected from different sources

Robinson, Natalie Jane; Brennan, Marnie L.; Cobb, Malcolm; Dean, Rachel S.

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Natalie Jane Robinson

Marnie L. Brennan

Professor of Comparative Veterinary Medicine

Rachel S. Dean


Determining the accuracy of the electronic medical record (EMR) is vital to the progress of practice based research. The aim of this study was to determine the agreement between the EMR and other sources of signalment data. Data were gathered during direct observation of small animal consultations in eight veterinary practices. Breed, age, sex and neuter status were recorded, where available, from the EMR, owner and observer and then compared for agreement. Agreement was ‘almost perfect’ or ‘strong’ for 18/28 comparisons, although there was variation between the species. The results have implications for researchers collecting data from the EMR of first opinion practices. Future work could focus on the accuracy of other data obtained from the EMR.


Robinson, N. J., Brennan, M. L., Cobb, M., & Dean, R. S. (in press). Agreement between veterinary patient data collected from different sources. Veterinary Journal, 205(1),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 16, 2015
Online Publication Date Apr 23, 2015
Deposit Date Dec 12, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 12, 2016
Journal The Veterinary Journal
Electronic ISSN 1532-2971
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 205
Issue 1
Keywords Practice-based research; Veterinary consultations; Veterinary informatics; Electronic medical record; Electronic patient record
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