In regards to the article by Day et al, “Characteristics of Children Hospitalized With Infective Endocarditis,” which appeared in the February 17, 2009 issue of the journal (Circulation. 2009;119:865–870), the authors have released the following statement:
“Our study, ‘Characteristics of Children Hospitalized with Infective Endocarditis,' published in Circulation in 2009, is an analysis of the Kids Inpatient Database (KID), a large, restricted-access, publicly available dataset that is maintained by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). One of the provisions of the KID Data Use Agreement is that no data observation involving 10 or fewer observations is to be published. This measure was put in place by AHRQ to protect individual patients' privacy and to prevent the potential disclosure of personal information. Although we are confident that this manuscript could not be used to identify individuals or their personal information, some tabulated cells contain 10 or fewer observations, in inadvertent violation of the Data Use Agreement. We are therefore posting a revised online version of our paper that is in compliance with the AHRQ guidelines, and request that, going forward, authors cite the corrected version of our manuscript.”
The correction has been made to the current online version of the manuscript. The authors regret the error.
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