Services for Researchers
NB-IRDT offers the following services for qualified researchers:
NB-IRDT provides a central location for researchers to access many provincial administrative health data sets to facilitate research. The NB-IRDT Access Approval Diagram provides a step-by-step illustration of the process to gaining access to NB-IRDT resources. The forms required to access NB-IRDT data can be found below.
Research support and advice is offered through MSSU and SPRN for developing research questions and evidence synthesis, completing research applications, literature reviews, knowledge transfer and dissemination.
The NB Indicators Dashboard, a project of NB-IRDT, is a tool to assist government personnel, researchers, students, and citizens in assessing changes in New Brunswick's economic and labour force development. The Dashboard describes data gathered by federal and provincial agencies and departments since 1991.
The provincial administrative health data held on the NB-IRDT repository has been prepared - direct identifiers, such as medicare numbers, have been removed or scrambled - to keep the information protected under relevant legislation. NB-IRDT also has a number of public use data sets - a type of de-identified data that is publicly accessible. All these data can be accessed in one location and are linkable, providing more opportunities for research.
NB-IRDT plays an important role as a research data centre in helping researchers link multiple administrative data sets. This includes linking two or more NB-IRDT data sets as well as linking NB-IRDT data with external data sets accessible to or held by the applicant.
Training and educational workshops are offered regularly and are made open to UNB faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, government employees, and researchers based at other organizations. We offer training in various research methods, software tools, and analytic approaches, such as cost benefit analysis and program evaluation.
Stay tuned for upcoming workshops.
How to Access Administrative Data Through NB-IRDT - Feb 20, 2018
Spatial Analytics for Health Research using ArcGIS - Nov 9&10, 2017
New Longitudinal Evidence on Migration, Immigration and Training in New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada - May 18, 2017Presentations on the following papers:
- Paper 1: The socioeconomic benefits of immigration to Canada, Dr. Tony Fang
- Paper 2: Temporary and permanent residents in NB, Dr. Herb Emery
- Paper 3: Immigrant and refugee retention in NB, Mr. Brent Cruickshank
- Paper 4: The economic outcomes of return migration, Dr. Herb Emery
- Paper 5: Apprenticeship dimensions and outcomes in the Atlantic provinces, Dr. Ted McDonald
Intro to SAS - March 28, 2017
Introduction to R - April 1 & 8, & Nov 15, 2016, Aug 11, 2017
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis, November 12-13, 2015
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, March 13-14, 2014
Introduction to Data Analysis for Making Policy Decisions, August 6-9, 2013
Research Applications and Forms
- Project Feasibility and Data Access Quote Request Form
All prospective users of NB-IRDT are required to meet with the Director and/or the NB-IRDT Associate Director Research to discuss the proposed research and undergo an initial assessment to determine if the Institute is the proper resource. Completion of the NB-IRDT Project Feasibility and Data Access Quote Request Form is required prior to meeting with NB-IRDT.
- Data Access Application Form
This form is used for new or amended applications to access data at NB-IRDT and is submitted after the Project Feasibility and Data Access Quote Request Form has been approved by the Director.
- Request for Data - List of Variables
This form must be completed and submitted with the Data Access Application. This form is used for listing all variables required for your research. This includes variables from NB-IRDT data and external data you wish to import for the purpose of your research.
- Request to Import External Data
This form is used to request access to data that are not currently held in the NB-IRDT repository.
- Checklist for Data Access Application
This checklist lists all possible schedules and appendices for the Data Access Application Form. It must be completed and submitted with your Data Access Application Form.
- Confidentiality Agreement
This agreement is signed by every person accessing data at NB-IRDT. Please take time to review this agreement before signing it.
- Visitor Access Request Form
All visitors who wish to enter NB-IRDT must complete a Visitor Access Request Form and present it to the NB-IRDT Administration Office prior to entering the facility.
Administrative Data Sets
Development and expansion of data contained at NB-IRDT is an ongoing process. The following are data sets currently housed at NB-IRDT or are forthcoming:
|Current Data Sets||Description||Disclosing Agency||Years||Reference Guides|
A sample of ALS patients in New Brunswick. Variables include demographics, date of onset and diagnosis, and information about the type of ALS and its location of onset. This sample was collected between 2003 and 2013, and, at present, is not updated beyond these time points.
|Horizon Health Network||2003-2013||Coming soon|
|CCDSS COPD Data||Data from the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System estimating the incidence and prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in patients.||Health||1995-2014||CCDSS COPD Reference Giuide|
|CCDSS Diabetes Data||Data from the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System estimating the incidence and prevalence of diabetes in patients.||Health||1995-2014||CCDSS Diabetes Reference Guide|
|CCDSS Hypertension and Neurological Conditions||Data from the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System estimating the incidence and prevalence of hypertension and neurological conditions in patients.||Health||1995-2014||CCDSS Hypertension & Neurological Conditions List of Variables|
|Citizen Database||Basic demographic and location information on all residents of New Brunswick who have been issued a provincial Medicare card||Health||1997-2016||Citizen Database Reference Guide|
|Discharge Abstract Data||Patient discharge information from hospitals||Health||1999-2016||DAD Reference Guide|
|Healthy Toddler Assessment||Voluntary assessment of 18-month children; assesses their teeth, vision, hearing, language development, growth, physical skills, and personal and social relationships||Health||2013-2016||Healthy Toddler Reference Guide|
|NB Breast Cancer Screening||Contains data of breast cancer screening events of New Brunswick women from the organized national breast cancer screening program. Variables include client factors, screen event information, referral reasons, diagnostic test information, and cancer information.||Health||1996-2016||Breast Cancer Screening Reference Guide|
|NB Cancer Registry||Person-oriented database that tracks patients in New Brunswick who have been diagnosed with tumours||Health||1992-2015||NB Cancer Registry Reference Guide|
|NB Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Health Information Platform (NB-CHIP)||This dataset contains provincial pulmonary function data, including the number of patients with COPD and corresponding severity, patient's smoking history, current smoking status, current medications, patient reported levels of shortness of breath and exercise tolerance, as well as full pulmonary function reports.||Horizon Health Network / Vitalité||2007-2017||Coming soon|
|NB Prescription Drug Programs||Data regarding claims submitted through drug plans. Dataset includes patient and physician information, details regarding drug plans and prescription drug costs.||Department of Health||2003-2016||Coming soon|
|NB Rehabilitation Reporting System||The NRS database collects information regarding adult inpatient rehabilitation facilities and programs. This set contains NB data relating to specialized facilities, including hospital rehabilitation units and programs, designated rehabilitation beds, as well as patient details relating to socio-demographic information, health characteristics, administrative data, interventions and activities and participation.||Department of Health||2003-2016||Coming soon|
|NB Suicide Registry||Summary of death by suicide events, including previous attempts, family history and circumstantial factors.||Department of Health||2012-2018||Coming soon|
|NB Trauma Registry||
A comprehensive trauma database that includes a number of injury-related data elements, including information about pre-hospital and emergency department care, as well as a comprehensive data set for patients who have been severely injured (i.e., those who have an Injury Severity Score greater than 12).
|Horizon Health Network||2014-2015||NB Trauma Registry Reference Guide|
|Physician Billing||Payments by service code of fee-for-service physicians; Salary physician payments; Reciprocal medical claims for NB residents; Reciprocal hospital claims for NB residents; Reciprocal medical claims for out-of-province residents||Health||2000-2015||Physician Billing List of Variables|
|Provider Registry||Historical and current information about physicians||Health||1997-2014||Provider Registry Reference Guide|
|Vital Statistics||Summary of death events that occurred in the province of New Brunswick for residents and non-residents||Health||2000-2015||Vital Statistics Reference Guide|
|Forthcoming Data Sets||Description||Disclosing Dept||Years||Reference|
|Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)||Blood test information for type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus||Health|
|Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)||Landed immigrant data for New Brunswick||Federal Government||
|Long Term Care||Details on business processes and timestamps of situations, assessments, caseloads, and payments for serving long term care clients in special care homes||Social Development||2008-2014||Long Term Care Reference Guide|
|Pediatric Insulin Pump Program (PIPP)||Records of applications for government support for insulin pumps for children under 19 with diabetes, including approvals, expired approvals for those who are no longer eligible for the program||Health||2011|
Public Data Sets
|Current Data Sets||Description||Data Source||Years|
|Canadian MIS Database (CMDB)||NB public hospitals and health regions submit financial and statistical data that relates to hospital services to the NB Department of Health. These data must be MIS Standards-compliant. NB healthcare establishment information includes establishment ID, name, SIC code (Standard Industrial Classification Code), health region, Geo location code, organization ID, address, postal code, contact information, teaching status, report to CIHI indicator, facility type, institution open date, institution close date, maximum number of beds and maximum number of bassinets.||Dept of Health||2000/01-2014/15|
|NB Facility Acute Care Profiles||On a yearly basis, these profiles are compiled on the Acute Care facilities operating within New Brunswick. These profiles are based on the clinical and statistical data from the CIHI – Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) and Management Information System (MIS).||Dept of Health||2000/01-2014/15|