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Quality and Quantity

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 305–315 | Cite as

Reliability of registrations: a feasibility study into registration of occupational and educational titles in hospitals

  • Roel Popping
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Abstract

Some results of an investigation are presented in which answers on some basic variables (occupation and education) are registered in several ways. The variables were measured in a setting in which the registration was to occur as fast as possible. All registrations went by using a computer. The registrations were checked a few weeks afterwards. This gives information about the reliability of the registrations.

About 70% of those having a job reported the same occupation during the registration and the check. For educational level the same answer was given in about 80% of the cases. People not in the labour process reported both times nearly identical. Typing the labels resembles most the way employees at registration desks work. Choosing, however, from a list gives more reliable results.

Causes of differences in assignments are discussed, and recommendations for improvement are given.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roel Popping
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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