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May 10, 1976

Ambulatory Care Medical Records

Author Affiliations

University of Rochester Highland Hospital Rochester, NY

JAMA. 1976;235(19):2080. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260450012009

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To the Editor.—  It is unfortunate that the editor has chosen to link my editorial entitled "International Classification of Health Problems in Primary Care" (234:1257, 1975) to the article "Ambulatory Care Medical Records" by Jackson et al (234:1245, 1975). The implication of this linkage is that I support the Uniform Minimum Basic Data Set as defined by the US National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. The fact is that I believe this data set to be poorly conceived and not very useful in its present form.I have written a detailed critique, which will be published soon in the New York State Medical Journal. I will, therefore, only briefly comment on the Uniform Minimum Basic Data Set.The Committee designed a data set to be entered into the ambulatory medical record. What was needed was a set of data items that could be abstracted from the medical record. Each