Canadian Provincial Databases

Yola Moride, Colleen J. Metge

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In Canada, databases have been created for the administration of the universal health-care program, which covers outpatient and inpatient services. Public prescription drug programs are also available, but the characteristics of the programs and the populations covered differ extensively across provinces. The health services and drug programs are under provincial jurisdiction, which results in a fragmentation of the administrative databases by province. For the majority of the Canadian provinces, database linkage has led to the accumulation of population-based longitudinal data on prescriptions and medical services provided to the program members. Some databases have been used widely for pharmacoepidemiologic research (Saskatchewan, Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba). Although the data elements found in databases are fairly homogeneous across provinces, the populations covered, linkage capacities with other data sources, as well as access policy, differ greatly. In this chapter, Canadian databases as well as their potential for use in pharmacoepidemiologic research are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPharmacoepidemiology, Fifth Edition
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)0470654759, 9780470654750
StatePublished - Jan 3 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


  • Administrative health database
  • Canada
  • Claims database
  • Database linkage
  • Drug effectiveness
  • Drug safety
  • Drug utilization
  • Health services utilization
  • Population-based


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