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Role of data centre in McMaster-based research subject of CHEPA seminar

02 Dec 2011

Recent health-related research conducted in the Statistics Canada Research Data Centre at McMaster –  which provides researchers with access to a wealth of survey and administrative data – will be the subject of the CHEPA monthly seminar on Dec. 14.

Byron Spencer, academic director of the centre that provides researchers with access to master files of all the major household surveys conducted by Statistics Canada, will lead the seminar to take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in CRL-119.

He will explain the resources of the centre, which houses confidential data in a secure site. Included are files from the National Population Health Survey and the Canadian Community Health Survey, as well as files based on administrative records from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, some of which have been linked to survey data. Permission to access the centre is granted only to researchers whose work requires the use of the master files.

In addition to information about the centre, the seminar will describe research that has been conducted with linked survey and administrative records. Topics addressed will include unmet need in health care utilization, and health status, hospitalizations and physician costs associated with body mass index.

Spencer is a professor in the Department of Economics, and director of the Research Institute for Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population, at McMaster. He has a PhD in economics from Rice University, and his current research is focused in the Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Program. He has published extensively on the impact of population change on the economy, on our social security system, and on the future need for health care services as the population ages.

He will be joined in the presentation by two CHEPA faculty members: Jeremiah Hurley, chair of the Department of Economics, and Jean-Eric Tarride, an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and investigator with the Program for Assessment of Technology in Health.

Everyone is welcome to attend the seminar. For those who are unable to attend, remote access to the presentation is available through Elluminate. Click here for details on how to log on to hear the presentation.

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