Table 1

Administrative data sources for case study examples

Data sourceInformation
National Rehabilitation Reporting System database
  • Information on patients receiving inpatient rehabilitation services

  • Includes individuals with limitations due to, among others, stroke, cardiac conditions and orthopaedic conditions

  • Includes information on functional status (activities of daily living, etc) at the time of admission and at discharge

Continuing Care Reporting System – Long-Term Care database
  • Records all assessments performed on residents who enter a long-term care facility

  • Assessments are generally performed within 14 days of admission for residents expected to stay for at least 14 days, and then quarterly or if the resident’s status changes

Registered Persons Database
  • Contains information on all individuals insured by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan

  • Can be used to obtain patient sex and age, as well as place of residence

  • Postal codes can be used to obtain neighbourhood income quintile (a measure of socioeconomic status) and Local Health Integration Network

Discharge Abstract Database
  • Information on all inpatient hospital discharges

  • Includes reason for hospitalisation, comorbidities and length of time in alternative level of care

Ontario Health Insurance Plan Physician Claims database
  • Records all physician services reimbursed by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan

  • Each claim contains a diagnosis code

  • Diagnosis codes can be used to characterise patients’ health status prior to hospital admission

National Ambulatory Care Reporting System database
  • Contains information on all visits to emergency departments in Ontario

  • Includes the reason for emergency department visit and patient comorbidities

Ontario Drug Benefit database
  • Documents all prescriptions covered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

  • Includes all prescriptions filled by individuals aged 65 years and older, as well as those filled by individuals on social assistance