Review: Introduction to Casefinding

Here is what we have learned from Introduction to Casefinding:

  • Casefinding is a system for locating every patient-inpatient or outpatient, public or private-who is diagnosed and/or treated with a reportable diagnosis.
  • All registries must perform case finding, including hospital-specific and central or population-based registries. Although these registries may use different source documents, the procedures involved in their casefinding cycles are similar.
  • In the casefinding process, a suspense file is kept so that the status of casefinding can be ascertained at any time.
  • The criteria for eligible cases in a registry depend upon the governing agencies of the registry.
  • Most government agencies only require malignant (ICD-O behavior code 2 and 3) cases to be included in the registry. However, hospital cancer committees or even central registries may require the registry to include benign or borderline/uncertain cases.
  • The cancer committee must decide the data set and policy as to whether patient follow-up is done.


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