Population Data BC


Population Data BC is a multi-university, data and education resource facilitating interdisciplinary research on the determinants of human health, well-being and development. It supports research access to individual-level, de-identified longitudinal data on British Columbia's four million residents. This linked database 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. Population Data BC is one of the few databases worldwide that has longitudinal health information on an entire population.

Selected References

Population Burden

Brackley ME, Penning MJ, Lesperance ML. In the absence of cancer registry data, is it sensible to assess incidence using hospital separation records?External Web Site Policy Int J Equity Health. 2006 Oct 6;5:12.

Chamberlayne R, Green B, Barer ML, Hertzman C, Lawrence WJ, Sheps SB. Creating a population-based linked health database: a new resource for health services researchExternal Web Site Policy. Can J Public Health. 1998 Jul-Aug;89(4):270-3.

Cost/Cost Effectiveness

Morgan SG. Prescription drug expenditures and population demographicsExternal Web Site Policy. Health Serv Res. 2006 Apr;41(2):411-28.

Morgan SG, Bassett KL, Wright JM, Evans RG, Barer ML, Caetano PA, Black CD. "Breakthrough" drugs and growth in expenditure on prescription drugs in CanadaExternal Web Site Policy. BMJ. 2005 Oct 8;331(7520):815-6.

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