Volume 54 | Number 3 | June 2019

Abstract List

Jennifer Hornung Garvin PhD, MBA, RHIA, CTR, Kimberly A. Herget MStat, Mia Hashibe PhD, Anne C. Kirchhoff PhD, MPH, Charles W. Hawley MA, Dan Bolton PhD, Carol Sweeney PhD


To evaluate the linkage of claims from the Utah All Payers Claims Database () and Utah Cancer Registry ().

Data Sources

Secondary data from 2013 and 2014 Utah and 2013 cases.

Study Design

This is a descriptive analysis of the quality of linkage between claims data and cancer registry cases.

Data Collection/Extraction Methods

We used the LinkPlus software to link Utah and data.

Principal Findings

We were able to link 82.4 percent (9441/11 453) of the reportable cancer cases with claims. Of those linked, 66 percent were perfect matches.


The quality of identifiers is high, evidence that claims data can potentially supplement cancer registry data for use in research.