ICES Data Dictionary
Key to the knowledge produced at ICES is our ability to anonymously link population-based health information on an individual patient basis, using unique ICES identifiers that ensure the privacy and confidentiality of health information. ICES data can be linked together by combinations of patient identifiers, physician identifiers, dates, and service codes. Linked data allows researchers to obtain a more comprehensive view of specific health care issues than could be achieved with unlinked data.
For a list of the ICES Data Repository datasets, including detailed descriptions of individual variables and their values, access the ICES Data Dictionary.