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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.

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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 healthcare issues than could be achieved with unlinked data.

Explore our list of the ICES Data Repository data sets, including detailed descriptions of individual variables and their values.

Access the ICES Data Dictionary