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Health Research with Big Data: The Comparative Outcomes and Service Utilization Trends (COAST)

Date: March 19, 2020

Venue: Free 1 hour webinar

Offered by Population Data BC in partnership with COAST, this webinar will provide an overview of the key features associated with the COAST database.

Presenters will also identify the unique research opportunities associated with population-level longitudinal analyses  exploring health outcomes in people living with HIV  compared to the general population in BC.

Registration and Details:  https://www.popdata.bc.ca/events/etu/webinar/COAST_Mar19_2020

The Comparative Outcomes and Service Utilization Trends (COAST) Study is a population-based cohort that includes data on all known adult people living with HIV (PLHIV) in BC (n=13,907) and a 10% random sample of individuals from the general population (n=516,340) from 1996-2013, with an update to include data from the years 1992-2018 in progress. Unlike traditional observational datasets, which are limited in size, scope, and sample by their original questionnaire, the COAST database is comprised of linked administrative health records that are population-based, evolving, and complex. In addition to administrative health data, COAST contains clinical data, as well as questionnaire data on behavior, social, and structural determinants of health. COAST data were assembled via linkages between 10 datasets housed at two provincial data sources: the BC-CfE Drug Treatment Program (DTP) and PopData BC. The DTP centrally manages the distribution of antiretroviral therapy (ART) to all PLHIV in BC and collects data on HIV-related outcomes.