Power of Population Data Science Webinar: Multi-jurisdictional epidemiological research in Canada: Challenges and opportunities

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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12:00noon to 1:00pm PST

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Canada’s federal structure creates complexities for pan-Canadian health research. Although the healthcare system is funded at both the provincial and federal government level, responsibility for managing healthcare falls to provinces and territories (PTs). In the areas of mental illness and substance use more specifically, capacity for data collection and reporting varies across PTs. Furthermore, data access procedures, sources, and availability differ markedly.

In this seminar, we will describe a multi-jurisdictional project which examined the feasibility of creating comparable mental illness and substance use performance indicators in five provinces. We will discuss the obstacles, processes, lessons learned, and recommendations for future research. We hope to contribute to the evolving discourse around infrastructure and data policy development in Canada.

Topics covered will include:

  • Canada’s mental illness and substance use administrative data capacity
  • Overview of a Canadian data linkage project
  • Benefits of multi-jurisdictional epidemiological research
  • The way forward: models that support data integration

View webinar presentation below.


Amanda Butler is a PhD student and CIHR Doctoral Award recipient in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Before pursuing her PhD, Ms. Butler spent nearly 4 years as the Research Program Manager at the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA). In this role, Ms. Butler managed and contributed to several provincial and national projects using administrative data including Informing the Future: Mental Health Indicators for Canada sponsored by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Ms. Butler’s current research focuses on mental illness and substance use disorders among justice-involved populations in BC.

Wayne Jones is a Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA). He joined the Mental Health Evaluation & Community Consultation Unit (MHECCU) in October, 1999, moving to CARMHA in 2006. Prior to this, he spent over 6 years with the Hospital Planning and Development Department of the Greater Vancouver Regional Hospital District. He has extensive experience in the use of MSP, DAD, and PharmaNet data. Within each of these positions Mr. Jones has made use of local and province-wide administrative data to examine the prevalence and distribution of mental illness and substance use disorders within BC, the development and implementation of performance and quality indicators for the BC and Canada-wide mental health systems, and the measurement of treated prevalence through the use of administrative data. 

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