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Finding “Zombies” in Your Database by Confirming Vital Status

David K. O’Brien, PhD, GISP Alaska Cancer Registry, Department of Health and Social Services, Anchorage, AK Email:, phone: 907-344-5874     Objective The Alaska Cancer Registry (ACR) conducted a study in 2015 to identify and correct the vital status of certain cases in its database. These cases were reported as deceased by the original healthcare facility but were not identified as being deceased using routine death resources. Cases incorrectly reported as deceased are referred to as “Zombies.” Background Cancer registry databases must have accurate vital status information on their cancer cases. This is important for: Cancer survival analysis Cancer
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