Laboratory results for ESR and RBC indices (hemoglobin, MCV, MCH, RDW… etc) should be extracted from the Laboratory databases. For Mayo, from January 1994 till October 2009, ESR and RBC test results were populated for our 3336 participants. All samples were collected on an outpatient basis. Samples collected during an inpatient hospitalization (admit date ≤ collection date ≤ discharge date) should be excluded unless this sample was the only one available for a patient.
To identify cases with auto-immune rheumatologic phenotye (for NT198) we request information about auto-antibody (whether it was tested and what the restults were) and drug information (whether it was prescribed) for each patients that is enrolled in eMERGE. We are requesting every mention of any of the expanded generic drugs.
Genetic variation that predicts white blood count (WBC) and it differential, a marker of the health of the immune system.
WBC is unique among the identified inflammatory predictors of chronic disease in that it has been routinely measured in healthy patients in an unbiased way for the duration of the electronic medical record data.