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Introduction to Administrative Data Sources

Databases and their uses

  • Council of Canadian Academies.  Accessing Health and Health-Related Data in Canada. 2015.
    (Marni Brownell was member of this panel)

  • Jutte D, Roos LL, Brownell MD. Administrative Record Linkage as a Tool for Public Health Research. Ann Review of Public Health 2011;32:91-108. [read Abstract]

  • Roos LL, Menec V, Currie RJ. Policy analysis in an information-rich environment. Soc Sci Med 2004;58(11):2231-2241. [read Abstract]

Manitoba Centre and other Centres

Population Health and the Role of Medical Care


From Health Research to Social Research

Assessing System Performance

Quality of Care and Outcomes

Research Using Social Data Sets: Kids at Risk

  • Report Summary:  Manitoba Can Do Better For Kids In Care. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy; June 2015.

  • Brownell M, Roos N, Fransoo R: Is the class half empty? A population-based perspective on socioeconomic status and educational outcomes. IRPP Choices 2006 12(5):1-30. [read abstract]

  • Gilbert R, Fluke J, O’Donnell M, Gonzalez-Izquierdo A, Brownell M, Gulliver P, Janson S, Sidebotham P. Child Maltreatment: Variation in trends and policies in six developed countries. Lancet 2012; 379:758-572. [read Abstract].

  • Jutte DP, Roos NP, Brownell MD, et al: The ripples of adolescent motherhood: Social, educational, and medical outcomes for children of teen and prior teen mothers. Acad Pediatr 2010 10(5):293-301. [read Abstract].

  • Putnam-Hornstein E, Needell B. Predictors of child protective service contact between birth and age five: an examination of California’s 2002 birth cohort. Children Youth Serv Rev 2011;33:1337-1344. [read Abstract]

  • Shonkoff JP, Boyce WT, McEwen BS. Neuroscience, molecular biology, and the childhood roots of health disparities: Building a new framework for health promotion and disease prevention. JAMA 2009;301(21):2252-2259 [read Abstract]

Small Areas Analysis / Population Based Analysis

Look at Atlases produced from ICES, UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Dartmouth Medical School.

Physician Practice Patterns and Physician Resource Analysis

Population-Based Clinical Research

Using Data to Address Specific Policy Questions

Examples of Research Using Social Data Sets

  • Chartier MJ, Brownell M, Isaac MR, Chateau D, Nickel N, Martens P, Katz A, Sarkar J, Hu M,  Burland E, Taylor C. Is the Families First Home Visiting Program Effective in Reducing Child Maltreatment and Improving Child Development? Child Maltreatment, 2017, Vol. 22(2) 121-131 [abstract]

  • Concept Dictionary: Pathways To Health and Social (PATHS) Equity (overview of series of program evaluations using MCHP Repository).

  • Martens PJ, Chateau DG, Burland EMJ, Finlayson GS, Smith MJ, Taylor CR, Brownell MD, Nickel NC, Katz A, Bolton JM, and the PATHS Equity Team. The effect of neighborhood socioeconomic status on education and health outcomes for children living in social housing. American Journal of Public Health 2014;104(11):2103-13. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302133.  [abstract]

  • Nickel NC, Chateau D, Martens PJ, Brownell M,  Katz A, Burland E, Walld R, Hu M, Taylor C, Sarkar J, Goh CY, The PATHS Equity Team. Data Resource Profile: Pathways to Health and Social Equity for Children (PATHS Equity for Children). International Journal of Epidemiology 2014;43(5):1428-49. (full article)

Use of Pharmaceuticals

  • Concept Dictionary: Calculating Costs/Expenditures for Pharmaceuticals.

  • Metge C, Black C, Peterson S, Kozyrskyj A: The population's use of pharmaceuticals. Med Care 1999; 37(6 Suppl):JS42-59 [read Abstract].

  • Report Summary: Evaluation of the Manitoba IMPRxOVE Program Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy; January 2015

  • Alessi-Severini S, Bolton JM, Enns MW, Dahl ME, Chateau D, Collins DM, Sareen J. Sustained use of benzodiazepines and escalation to high doses in a Canadian Population. Psychiatr Serv 2016;Epub ahead of print. [Abstract]

  • Azoulay L, Filion KB, Platt RW, Dahl M, Dormuth CR, Clemens KK, Durand M, Hu N, Juurlink DN, Paterson JM, Targownik LE, Turin TC, Ernst P, Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES) Investigators. Association between incretin-based drugs and the risk of acute pancreatitis. JAMA Internal Medicine 2016;176(10):1464-1473. [Abstract]

  • Bolton JM, Morin SN, Majumdar SR, Sareen J, Lix LM, Johansson H, Oden A, McCloskey EV, Kanis JA, Leslie WD. Association of mental disorders and related medication use with risk for major osteoporotic fractures. JAMA Psychiatry 2017;Epub ahead of print. [Abstract]

  • Morgan S, Bassett K, Wright J et al: “Breakthrough" drugs and growth in expenditure on prescription drugs in Canada. BMJ 2005;331:815–6.

  • Report Summary: Towards Optimization Prescribing and Guidelines in Manitoba  Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy; December 2010.

  • Report Summary: Pharmacare and its Impact on Manitoba Drug Use Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy; December 2009.

    Also of Potential Interest

Building Capacity to Measure Costs

  • Friesen KJ, Chateau D, Falk J, Alessi-Severini S, Bugden S. Cost of shingles: Population based burden of disease analysis of herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia. BMC Infectious Diseases 2017;17(1):69. [Abstract].

  • Jacobs P, Roos NP: Standard cost lists for health care in Canada: Issues in validity and inter-provincial consolidation. Pharmaco Economics 1999;15(6):551-560. [read Abstract].

  • Report Summary: The Cost of Smoking in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy; May 2015.

Other Articles of Interest

  • The role of administrative data in the big data revolution in social science research

  • Registries and administrative data: organization and accuracy

  • A research registry: uses, development, and accuracy

  • Record linkage strategies. Part I: Estimating information and evaluating approaches.

  • Data quality in an information-rich environment: Canada as an example

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