From Cases to Cartography: Geocoding and Mapping Wisconsin Cancer Incidence Using Nuanced-Match Criteria
Track: Health and Human Services
Author(s): Robert Borchers
Are there "geographies of cancer?" GIS may help us examine, analyze and understand them. However, as 27 years of comprehensive cancer case data collection in Wisconsin indicate, not all addresses are created equal. Patient address data quality has become a major priority recently. Fuzzy address matching may help, yet, can it get too fuzzy? Recent experience at a central cancer registry suggests familiarity with (1) case address data quality, (2) address matching processes, and (3) careful consideration of how the foregoing are reflected in geographic analysis and presentation.
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