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In International journal of environmental research and public health ; h5-index 73.0

Since its post-World War II inception, the science of record linkage has grown exponentially and is used across industrial, governmental, and academic agencies. The academic fields that rely on record linkage are diverse, ranging from history to public health to demography. In this paper, we introduce the different types of data linkage and give a historical context to their development. We then introduce the three types of underlying models for probabilistic record linkage: Fellegi-Sunter-based methods, machine learning methods, and Bayesian methods. Practical considerations, such as data standardization and privacy concerns, are then discussed. Finally, recommendations are given for organizations developing or maintaining record linkage programs, with an emphasis on organizations measuring long-term complications of disasters, such as 9/11.

Asher Jana, Resnick Dean, Brite Jennifer, Brackbill Robert, Cone James


9/11 health, data matching, disaster epidemiology, epidemiology, interagency cooperation, probabilistic record linkage, record linkage