Developing an Information System to Identify and Describe Physicians in Clinical Practice in British Columbia


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Developing an Information System to Identify and Describe Physicians in Clinical Practice in British Columbia

Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsWatson D, Peterson S, Young E, Bogdanovic B
Date Published08/2006
InstitutionUBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
AbstractThis report describes innovative methods used to: (a) develop and validate an anonymized registry of physicians deemed to be delivering clinical services; and (b) document the degree to which increases in the use of alternative fund- ing have altered our capacity to count the clinical physician workforce in British Columbia. It also describes protocols designed to ensure the anonymity of physicians, outlines key elements needed in a physician registry to support popula- tion-based, provider-based and cohort analyses, assesses variations in physician supply estimates when single versus multiple data sources are used, and offers examples of how a physician registry can be used to support important, policy- relevant research. The results presented here rely on data from 1996/97, 2000/01 and 2004/05.