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BMC Psychiatry. 2011; 11: 106.
Published online Jun 29, 2011. doi:  10.1186/1471-244X-11-106
PMCID: PMC3135522
The Psychiatric Case Register Middle Netherlands
Hugo M Smeets,corresponding author1 Wijnand Laan,1 Iris M Engelhard,2,3 Marco PM Boks,1 Mirjam I Geerlings,1 and Niek J de Wit1
1Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2Clinical and Health Psychology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
3Altrecht, Institute for Mental Health Care, Utrecht, The Netherlands
corresponding authorCorresponding author.
Hugo M Smeets: H.M.Smeets/at/umcutrecht.nl; Wijnand Laan: W.Laan/at/umcutrecht.nl; Iris M Engelhard: I.M.Engelhard/at/uu.nl; Marco PM Boks: M.P.M.Boks/at/umcutrecht.nl; Mirjam I Geerlings: M.Geerlings/at/umcutrecht.nl; Niek J de Wit: N.J.deWit/at/umcutrecht.nl
Received August 24, 2010; Accepted June 29, 2011.
Abstract
Background
The Psychiatric Case Register Middle Netherlands (PCR-MN) registers the mental healthcare consumption of over Dutch 760,000 inhabitants in the centre of the Netherlands. In 2010 the follow-up period was over ten years. In this paper we describe the content, aims and research potential of this case register.
Description
All mental healthcare institutions in the middle-western part of the province of Utrecht participate in the PCR-MN case register. All in- and out-patients treated in these institutions have been included in the database from the period 2000 to 2010. Diagnosis according to DSM-IV on axis I to IV, visits to in- and out-patient clinics and basic demographics are recorded. A major advantage of this register is the possibility to link patients anonymously from the PCR-MN cohort to other databases to analyze relationships with determinants and outcomes, such as somatic healthcare consumption, mortality, and demographics, which further increases the research potential
Conclusions
The PCR-MN database has a large potential for scientific research because of its size, duration of follow-up and ability to link with additional databases, and is accessible for academic researchers.
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