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Can J Public Health. 2013 Mar 6;104(3):e258-61.

Linking Canadian population health data: maximizing the potential of cohort and administrative data.

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Public Population Project in Genomics and Society, Montreal, QC, Canada. ddoiron@p3g.org

Abstract

Linkage of data collected by large Canadian cohort studies with provincially managed administrative health databases can offer very interesting avenues for multidisciplinary and cost-effective health research in Canada. Successfully co-analyzing cohort data and administrative health data (AHD) can lead to research results capable of improving the health and well-being of Canadians and enhancing the delivery of health care services. However, such an endeavour will require strong coordination and long-term commitment between all stakeholders involved. The challenges and opportunities of a pan-Canadian cohort-to-AHD data linkage program have been considered by cohort study investigators and data custodians from each Canadian province. Stakeholders acknowledge the important public health benefits of establishing such a program and have established an action plan to move forward.

KEYWORDS:

Medical record linkage; data collection; public health

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23823892
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PMC3880355
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