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Integrating databases for research on health and performance in small animals and horses in the Nordic countries

Egenvall, Agneta and Nödtvedt, Ane and Roepstorff, Lars and Bonnett, Brenda (2011). Integrating databases for research on health and performance in small animals and horses in the Nordic countries. Acta veterinaria Scandinavica. 53:Suppl. 1, 1-6
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1751-0147-53-S1-S4

Abstract

Nordic examples of the use of secondary small animal and equine databases include studies based on data from tumour registries, breeding registries, young horse quality contest results, competition data, insurance databases, clinic data, prescription data and hunting ability tests. In spite of this extensive use of secondary databases, integration between databases is less common. The aim of this presentation is to briefly review key papers that exemplify different ways of utilizing data from multiple sources, to highlight the benefits and limitations of the approaches, to discuss key issues/challenges that must be addressed when integrating data and to suggest future directions. Data from pedigree databases have been individually merged with competition data and young horse quality contest data, and true integration has also been done with canine insurance data and with equine clinical data. Data have also been merged on postal code level; i.e. insurance data were merged to a digitized map of Sweden and additional meteorological information added. In addition to all the data quality and validity issues inherent in the use of a single database, additional obstacles arise when combining information from several databases. Loss of individuals due to incorrect or mismatched identifying information can be considerable. If there are any possible biases affecting whether or not individuals can be properly linked, misinformation may result in a further reduction in power. Issues of confidentiality may be more difficult to address across multiple databases. For example, human identity information must be protected, but may be required to ensure valid merging of data. There is a great potential to better address complex issues of health and disease in companion animals and horses by integrating information across existing databases. The challenges outlined in this article should not preclude the ongoing pursuit of this approach.

Authors/Creators:Egenvall, Agneta and Nödtvedt, Ane and Roepstorff, Lars and Bonnett, Brenda
Title:Integrating databases for research on health and performance in small animals and horses in the Nordic countries
Series/Journal:Acta veterinaria Scandinavica (0044-605X)
Year of publishing :2011
Volume:53
Number:Suppl. 1
Page range:1-6
Number of Pages:6
Publisher:Veterinary Associations of the Nordic Countries, BioMed Central
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:SLU - Research Areas for the Future > Future Animal Health and Welfare
ISSN:0044-605X
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:C Education, extension, and advisory work > C30 Documentation and information
L Animal production > L73 Animal diseases
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Other Biological Topics
Keywords:databases, companion animals, small animals, horses, animal health, animal diseases, data quality, data validity
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-1593
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-1593
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000303916600004
DOI10.1186/1751-0147-53-S1-S4
ID Code:10716
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Clinical Sciences
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:21 Aug 2013 13:07
Metadata Last Modified:01 Apr 2015 11:39

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