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

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

UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Vancouver(BC) (2006)
Report
Abstract

This 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.