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Canadian Vital Statistics Death Database linked to hospitalization data

August 7, 2019

The Canadian Vital Statistics Death Database linked to hospitalization information is now available in Research Data Centres across Canada.

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 health care factors associated with variations in care intensity and location of death.

About the Data

As part of its data integration activities, Statistics Canada updated the linked data from the Canadian Vital Statistics Death Database (CVSD) to hospitalization information by adding more years and datasets. The data includes information from the CVSD from 2008 to 2017, and is linked to the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) from 2004/05 to 2017/18, to the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS) from 2004/05 to 2017/18 and now to the Ontario Mental Health Reporting System (OMHRS) from 2006/07 to 2017/18.

CIHI is collaborating with Statistics Canada to make the integrated data available in the Research Data Centers (RDC) and to support researchers using the file.

The integration of death data with 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. Data integration is an important and cost-effective statistical technique used to develop 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.

For any questions related to accessing this data, please contact your local Research Data Centre.