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Administrative Databases

  1. Leslie L. Roos1,
  2. Patrick S. Romano2,
  3. Patricia Fergusson1

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470011815.b2a04001

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

How to Cite

Roos, L. L., Romano, P. S. and Fergusson, P. 2005. Administrative Databases. Encyclopedia of Biostatistics. 1.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  2. 2

    University of California, Davis, CA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


Administrative databases are often used to manage a health care system or to investigate health research questions. The data may be derived from population registries, vital statistics or other records of life events, or from health claims and services data. Questions that may be addressed by administrative datasets include determinants of variation in health care utilization, costs and outcomes, according to factors associated with individual patients, patient characteristics, types of health care organization, or geographic factors. Strengths and weakness of this approach are reviewed, and several new directions are identified.


  • record linkage;
  • health care utilization;
  • costs;
  • health economics