Data resource profile: The rochester epidemiology project (REP) medical records-linkage system

Jennifer L. St Sauver, Brandon R. Grossardt, Barbara P. Yawn, L. Joseph Melton, Joshua J. Pankratz, Scott M. Brue, Walter A. Rocca

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The Rochester Epidemiology Project (REP) medical records-linkage system was established in 1966 to capture health care information for the entire population of Olmsted County, MN, USA. The REP includes a dynamic cohort of 502 820 unique individuals who resided in Olmsted County at some point between 1966 and 2010, and received health care for any reason at a health care provider within the system. The data available electronically (electronic REP indexes) include demographic characteristics, medical diagnostic codes, surgical procedure codes and death information (including causes of death). In addition, for each resident, the system keeps a complete list of all paper records, electronic records and scanned documents that are available in full text for in-depth review and abstraction. The REP serves as the research infrastructure for studies of virtually all diseases that come to medical attention, and has supported over 2000 peer-reviewed publications since 1966. The system covers residents of all ages and both sexes, regardless of socio-economic status, ethnicity or insurance status. For further information regarding the use of the REP for a specific study, please visit our website at. or contact us at. Our website also provides access to an introductory video in English and Spanish.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberdys195
Pages (from-to)1614-1624
Number of pages11
JournalInternational journal of epidemiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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