CARMHA Research Seminars

Everything you always wanted to know about linked administrative health data* (*but were afraid to ask)

Presenter: Dr. Ruth Lavergne
Date: March 1st 2019
Time: 12-1pm
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2235

Abstract: Government agencies and health care delivery organizations collect large amounts of administrative data for purposes other than research. When we link administrative data across multiple sources it provides a powerful resource for population-based research. British Columbia (BC) has one of the world’s largest collections of linked administrative health data. Ruth will provide an overview of data sources available for research in BC and explain some of their strengths and limitations, drawing on examples from her own research in the area of primary care. She will also describe how administrative data are being used as part of current research at CARMHA.

Bio: Ruth Lavergne is a quantitative researcher who uses observational methods and linked administrative databases to examine health care delivery. She leads research examining primary care payment reform and physician workforce planning. Other current interests include patient engagement in primary care research and collaborative mental health care in primary care. She has methodological expertise in quasi-experimental research design and works closely with qualitative collaborators on mixed-methods projects.

  • The presentation will be webcasted. Access webcast here:
  • The presentation is open to the SFU and broader research community.
  • A light lunch will be available