British Columbia Linked Health Database (BCLHD)
- Web site: http://www.chspr.ubc.ca/node/3
The BCLHD is a linked database that collects and maintains provincial health data for the British Columbia Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, which is responsible for extracting and providing data to health researchers. The BCLHD, begun in 1988, is housed at the University of British Columbia and is a source of information on drug utilization, cost issues, drug etiology, and a host of useful long-term data on physician claims, vital statistics, pharmacy care data, and hospital data. Health information on more than four million residents is included in the BCLHD and is one of the few databases worldwide that has longitudinal health information on an entire population. Access to the BCLHD is through application to the Ministry of Health; costs are based on the complexity of cohort definition, the number of data files and the number of years of data requested.
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