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1Roos LL, Brownell M, Lix L, Roos NP, Walld R, MacWilliam L. From health research to social research: Privacy, methods, approaches. Soc Sci Med 2008;66(1):117-129
This lecture is based on a paper of the same name by Roos et al. (2008)1. The multi-disciplinary potential of administrative data (particularly that from the Canadian province of Manitoba) is heightened by comparisons with the Panel Study in Income Dynamics, a famous American long-running social science study. The lecture discusses how to unlock the research potential of administrative data through the use of registries and record linkage. The different perspective of population-based data provides a cost-effective way to study such important issues as the role of the socioeconomic gradient and the cost-effectiveness of interventions to help the poor.
Note: The Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) is a research unit in the Community Health Sciences Department of the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Medicine. MCHP does research on the health of Manitobans,  focusing specifically on patterns of illness in the population and how health care services are used in Manitoba.