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CVSD-DAD-NACRS (Canadian Vital Statistics Death Data - Discharge Abstract Database - National Ambulatory Care Reporting System)

Description

Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) are pleased to announce the release of an integrated dataset that can be used to characterize the intensity of end-of-life care in persons with life-threatening conditions and to identify patient, disease and healthcare factors associated with variations in care intensity and location of death. 
 
As part of its record data linkage activities, Statistics Canada has linked the Canadian Vital Statistics Death Database with patient records in the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) and the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS). 
 
CIHI is collaborating with Statistics Canada to make the integrated data available in the Research Data Centers and to support researchers using the file.
 
The integration of death data with provincial administrative data held by CIHI creates a valuable dataset that can provide answers to important research questions that cannot be found in single administrative datasets alone. 
 
Statistics Canada has a long history of creating and using record linkages to integrate datasets. Record linkage is an important and cost-effective statistical technique used to develop integrated data products that can be used to address important data gaps such as to broaden our understanding of health care service usage patterns during the period leading up to the end of life.
 
About the Data:
 
The Canadian Vital Statistics Death Database (CVSD) (January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2014) was linked to the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) (2004/2005 to 2014/2015) and the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS) (2004/2005 to 2014/2015).