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Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 104, Issue 3, pp e258–e261 | Cite as

Linking Canadian Population Health Data: Maximizing the Potential of Cohort and Administrative Data

  • Dany DoironEmail author
  • Parminder Raina
  • Isabel Fortier
  • Linkage Between Cohorts and Health Care Utilization Data: Meeting of Canadian Stakeholders workshop participants
Commentary

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.

Key Words

Medical record linkage data collection public health 

Résumé

Le couplage des données recueillies par de grandes études de cohortes canadiennes avec des données hébergées dans les bases de données administratives provinciales portant sur la santé peut offrir des pistes très intéressantes pour la multidisciplinarité et la rentabilité de la recherche en santé au Canada. L’analyse concomitante de données provenant d’études de cohortes et de bases de données administratives de santé peut conduire à des résultats de recherche pouvant faire progresser la santé et le bien-être des Canadiens et améliorer la prestation des services de soins de santé. Cependant, une telle initiative nécessitera beaucoup de coordination et un engagement à long terme entre tous les acteurs impliqués. Les défis et les opportunités d’un programme pancanadien de couplage de données ont été considérés par les chercheurs d’études de cohortes et les dépositaires de données de chaque province canadienne. Les parties prenantes reconnaissent l’importante contribution en santé publique d’établir un tel programme et ont mis en place un plan d’action pour aller de l’avant.

Mots Clés

couplage de dossiers médicaux collecte de données santé publique 

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© The Canadian Public Health Association 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dany Doiron
    • 1
    • 2
  • Parminder Raina
    • 3
  • Isabel Fortier
    • 1
    • 2
  • Linkage Between Cohorts and Health Care Utilization Data: Meeting of Canadian Stakeholders workshop participants
  1. 1.Public Population Project in Genomics and SocietyMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Research Institute of the McGill University Health CentreMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Department of Clinical Epidemiology and BiostatisticsMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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