External data sources to help you with your research.

External sources of data


    REACH BC is a new online platform that connects British Columbians to health research opportunities based on their health interests. Post your study on REACH BC and connect with potential volunteers across BC.
  • Population Data BC
    Access one of the world’s largest collections of health care, health services and population health data, and a comprehensive education and training service on how to best use those data.
  • The Canadian Institute for Health Information
    Provides data and information used to accelerate improvements in health care, health system performance and population health across Canada.
  • Health Reports
    Health Reports, published by the Health Analysis Division of Statistics Canada, is a peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research.
  • University of Toronto Data Library of Canadian Statistical Sources
    Extensive collection of data supporting curriculum and research needs.
  • Women's Health Research Institute at B.C. Women's
    Dedicated to improving the health and health care of girls and women through knowledge generation, serving as a catalyst for research in women’s health and supporting an expanding provincial and national network of women’s health researchers, policy makers and health care providers.
  • Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging
    Canadian health researchers have access to a valuable national research platform to answer important questions related to health and aging. Launched in 2010, the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) involves 51,000 Canadian, aged 45 to 85 at recruitment, who are followed for 20 years. The platform includes data on health status, physical assessments, diseases, cognition, psychological well-being and mental health, social well-being, economic aspects of aging, and blood-based biological markers.

USA and International

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a federal agency that conducts and supports health promotion, prevention and preparedness activities in the United States, with the goal of improving overall public health.
  • Epidemiolog
    Fundamentals of epidemiology and an evolving text and other learning materials developed.

Research registries

Online registries that promote the use of evidence-based research by conducting systematic reviews of published research for health care professionals, decision makers and researchers.

  • Canadian Health Services Research Foundation
    Funded by the Government of Canada, dedicated to accelerating health care improvement. CFHI plays a unique, pan-Canadian role in spreading health care innovations.
  • Health Evidence
    Helps the public health workforce and policy makers search for, interpret, and apply research evidence to their local context. Access to 5,077 quality-rated systematic reviews evaluating the effectiveness of public health interventions.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (United States Department of Health and Human Services)
    Develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the health care system and help health care professionals and policymakers make informed health decisions.
  • The Cochrane Collaboration (International)
    Global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health.
  • Canadian Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Community of Practice (KTECOP)
    Network of knowledge transfer and exchange practitioners and researchers sharing information on best practices, events, and other related activities.
  • Health Information Management
    Helps patients, researchers, and institutions access health records, and provide helpful resources to physicians and clinicians in relation to clinical patient documentation.
  • ISRCTN registry 
    The ISRCTN registry is a primary clinical trial registry recognised by WHO and ICMJE that accepts all clinical research studies (whether proposed, ongoing or completed), providing content validation and curation and the unique identification number necessary for publication. All study records in the database are freely accessible and searchable.

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