Data Completeness in Healthcare: A Literature Survey

Caihua Liu, Amir Talaei-Khoei, Didar Zowghi, Jay Daniel


As the adoption of eHealth has made it easier to access and aggregate healthcare data, there has been growing application for clinical decisions, health services planning, and public health monitoring with daily collected data in clinical care. Reliable data quality is a precursor of the aforementioned tasks. There is a body of research on data quality in healthcare, however, a clear picture of data completeness in this field is missing. This research aims to identify and classify current research themes related to data completeness in healthcare. In addition, the paper presents problems with data completeness in the reviewed literature and identifies methods that have been adopted to address those problems. This study has reviewed 24 papers (January 2011–April 2016) published in information and computing sciences, biomedical engineering, and medicine and health sciences journals. The paper uncovers three main research themes, including design and development, evaluation, and determinants. In conclusion, this paper improves our understanding of the current state of the art of data completeness in healthcare records and indicates future research directions.


Data Completeness; Data Quality; Healthcare; Literature Survey

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Liu, C., Amir, T. K., Zowghi, D., Daniel, J., (2017). "Data Completeness in Healthcare: A Literature Survey"Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 9(2), pp.75-100.