Electronic health records (EHRs) have become commonplace in the medical profession. Health data are readily captured and permanently stored in a digital fashion, and consequently, are increasingly being utilized in health research. The quality of this research depends upon the investigator’s ability to obtain the correct data to answer the correct question. It is easy to churn out poor quality research from the EHR; it is much harder to produce meaningful results that influence the population’s health.

Improving Population Health Using Electronic Health Records takes the reader through the process of conducting meaningful research from data in the EHR. It de-mystifies the entire research process, from how to ask the right kind of research questions, to obtaining data with particular emphasis on data management and manipulation, to performing a valid statistical analyses, and interpreting and presenting the results in a clear, concise fashion that has the potential to improve population health.

This book can be used as a hands-on how-to guide of performing research from EHR data in either a piece-meal fashion, selecting only the topics of greatest interest, or a complete guide to the entire research process.

Readers will benefit from the intuitive presentation of complex methods with a multitude of examples. It is invaluable reading for researchers and clinicians who are not otherwise familiar with the complexities of working with large data sets.

chapter 2|11 pages

How to Use This Book for Research

part 1|58 pages

Understanding the Data

chapter 3|14 pages

Planning the Research

chapter 4|13 pages

Accessing Health Data

chapter 5|15 pages

Organizing, Merging, and Linking Data

chapter 6|12 pages

Data Management and the Research Dataset

part 2|91 pages

Conducting the Research

chapter 7|18 pages

Study Design and Sampling

chapter 8|15 pages

Measures of Frequency and Risk

chapter 9|11 pages

Threats to Validity

chapter 10|8 pages

The Analytic Dataset

chapter 11|16 pages

Epidemiological Analysis I

chapter 12|19 pages

Epidemiological Analysis II

part 3|47 pages

Interpretation to Implementation

chapter 13|19 pages

Interpreting the Results

chapter 14|15 pages

Publication and Presentation

chapter 15|9 pages

Improving Population Health