Health research in Alberta

Access to administrative health data

Alberta Health is the custodian of extensive, but not exhaustive, administrative data/information about the health system in Alberta. The Health Analytics Branch processes internal and external data requests.

Available datasets

A number of administrative datasets are available to support Research and Information Requests. The Overview of Administrative Health DatasetsPDF icon provides details of these datasets.

Commonly Requested Data Elements lists data elements and their descriptions that are requested frequently. This point-and-click workbook can be used to develop preliminary data specifications, which should be included along with the application form to initiate a request.

Submitting a request for data

Information request

Requests for health information and data to support planning, policy development, and quality improvement projects can be made by submitting a Request Application Form and supporting documents to health.inforequest@gov.ab.ca.

Research request

Academic researchers can request data to support studies that have received research ethics board approval. Requests for administrative health data for research can be made by submitting a Request Application Form and supporting documents to health.resdata@gov.ab.ca.

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