Using administrative data for research: an introduction



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University College London


Dr Pia Hardelid and Dr Linda Wiljaars


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


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Venue: Online


Administrative data, sometimes referred to as routinely collected data, provide large and rich datasets for research. However, they require careful cleaning, management and interpretation. This online course is for those who are interested in whether they might want to use administrative data for research and would like a short introduction to this topic. The course will use administrative health data (national hospital inpatient data – the Hospital Episode Statistics database) as an example, but the principles apply to all administrative data.

Learning objectives

The aim is to provide an introduction to the following topics :

• What is the difference between administrative data and other research data?

• Who collects administrative health data and why?

• What are some of the benefits of challenges of using administrative health data for research?

• A short introduction to applying for access to administrative health data (UK perspective)

By the end of this course you will be able to:

• Understand what special considerations need to be taken into account when analysing and interpreting administrative health data

• Describe the strengths and weaknesses of administrative health data for research.

• Elaborate on the key steps required for accessing administrative health data in the UK



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Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis, Research Management and Impact

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