In cancer registries, record linkage procedures are used to link records of the same patient from different health care providers. In the Clinical Cancer Registry of Lower Saxony, a multi-level combination of exact assignment using the statutory health insurance number and a probabilistic procedure with control numbers and address data is applied. The procedure implemented in the register application assigns the incoming messages in this way as far as possible automatically. The aim of the observation carried out was to check the efficiency of the match variables and threshold values used, above which manual assignment is required. Weak points were identified and approaches to solutions were developed.
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