Joanne Wu’s Research Note Book– Tools


· Merriam Webster: English dictionary with word pronunciation.

· Online Medical Dictionary

· Health Sciences Descriptors (DeCS) is a dynamic vocabulary descriptors for health surveillance, homeopathy, public health, and science and health.

· English-Chinese Online Dictionary

· Chinese input system: online Chinese input system without installing Chinese input software.



· Metric conversions & US customary unit conversion

· The Time Zone Converter: Check time zone worldwide.

· Phone number—location look up


ICD, CPT, and NDC codes

· Free ICD-9-CM Coding:

· ICD-10 from World Health Organization (WHO)

· CPT codes and descriptions from American Medical Association

· Physician out patient CPT-4 procedure codes: This site is easy to search related procedures category, code, or description.

· The National Drug Code Directory from FDA: The NDC serves as universal product identifier for human drugs. The data set is updated monthly.

· First Data Bank

· Clinical Pharmacology (subscription required)

· HEDIS 2008 NDC lists


Comorbidity Index

· SAS programs for Charlson comorbidity index based on Quan 2005, Coding algorithms for defining comorbidities in ICD-9-CM and IC-10 administrative data. Med Care, 43(11):1130-9.

·  SAS and Stata programs for Charlson and Elixhauser comorbidity indexes from Quan

· Comorbidity Software from Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)


Programs Used for Economic and Cost Analysis

· Health Economics Research Center—University of Oxford: The page lists support material specified in published articles (the economic evaluation of the DiGEM study, SF-12 responses and EQ-5D utility values by response mapping, probabilistic analysis of cost-effectiveness models, probabilistic sensitivity analysis for decision trees with multiple branches, handling uncertainty in cost-effectiveness models, Markov models for economic evaluation.) or courses for SMDM (probabilistic cost-effectiveness modeling, and parametric survival models and decision models).

· Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) Registry is a comprehensive database of over 1,400 cost-utility analyses on a wide variety of diseases and treatments.


Quality of Life and Health Utility Scoring Programs

· Scoring programs link from Ron D. Hays.

· Short Form Medical Outcomes Study (SF36 and SF12)

· Scoring Brazier’s SF6D from SF36

· Fryback’s Quality of Well-being Score


· EQ-5D

· EQ-5D U.S. scoring algorithm: The link includes SAS, STATA, and SPSS calculation algorithms.

· Gray A algorithm: Gray A, Rivero-Arias O, Clarke P. Estimating the association between SF-12 responses and EQ-5D utility values by response mapping. Medical Decision Making 2006; 26(1):18-29.

· Sullivan P algorithms include ICD-9 to EQ-5D and SF-12 to EQ-5D.


· HUI-SAS programs

· HUI3 scoring algorithm

· Nichol’s SF36 to HUI2

· Lundberg’s SF12 to VAS

· Sengupta-Nichol’s SF12 to HUI3


· Brazier’s SF6D from SF12 (SAS program)

· NEI-VFQ25 scoring algorithm (SAS program)

· Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) scoring algorithm (SAS program)