Cancer Data Linkage in Manitoba: Expanding the Infrastructure for Research
The linkage of cancer registry data to other administrative health databases improves opportunities for population health and health services research for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer. The overall purpose of this deliverable was to bring the Manitoba Cancer Registry data into the Research Data Repository housed at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP), in order to establish a broader base for cancer research using linked administrative health databases in Manitoba. This deliverable applied routine data quality evaluation tools developed at MCHP to the Manitoba Cancer Registry and then looked at some new measures of data quality used the linked data housed in the Repository. By conducting two demonstration projects, we examined opportunities for new cancer research projects that involve linkage of cancer registry data to administrative data: we compared the performance of comorbidity measures for predicting healthcare utilization in populations with diagnosed cancers and we investigated emergency department (ED) utilization among individuals with a cancer diagnosis to test for differences in ED use before and after diagnosis and to predict time to death.

 

For full list of MCHP Deliverables please see here.