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Table 3 Diagnostic procedures, treatment procedures and comorbidities recorded in the NSW Lung Cancer Patterns of Care Study and the APDC (n=1580)

From: Using administrative health data to describe colorectal and lung cancer care in New South Wales, Australia: a validation study

  Lung cancer survey APDC Sensitivitya Specificitya
  n % n % % %
Diagnostic investigations b 1561 99 1045 66 66 47
 Chest CT scan 1430 91 430 27 27 74
 Chest x-ray 1405 89 0 0 0 100
 Brain CT scan 461 29 283 18 34 90
 Bone scan 495 31 182 12 26 95
 Bronchoscopy 805 51 563 36 65 95
 Biopsy 664 42 671 42 64 73
Resection of primary cancer 262 17 256 16 92 99
 Pneumonectomy 45 3 39 2 78 100
 Lobectomy 198 13 153 10 70 99
 Other resection 25 2 74 5 76 96
Other treatment       
Chemotherapy 478 30 230 15 36 96
Radiotherapy 626 40 222 14 30 96
Comorbidities       
COPD 599 38 295 19 35 91
Diabetes 164 10 152 10 74 98
Heart disease 363 23 137 9 25 96
One or more of the above 836 53 472 30 45 87
  1. APDC: Admitted Patient Data Collection.
  2. COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  3. a Sensitivity and specificity of the APDC compared with the lung cancer survey.
  4. b Includes chest CT, chest x-ray, brain CT, bone scan, bronchoscopy, and biopsy.
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