Table 1: Databases and resources
New Drug Funding ProgramChemotherapy drugs
Activity Level Reporting SystemRadiotherapy
OHIP Claims History DatabaseDiagnostic tests, physician services, chemotherapy visits before 2002, emergency department visits before 2002
Ontario Drug Benefit ProgramOutpatient prescription drugs for patients aged ≥ 65 years, long-term care indicator
CIHI Discharge Abstract DatabaseInpatient hospital admissions, same-day surgery before 2002
CIHI National Ambulatory Care Reporting SystemChemotherapy visits after 2002, emergency department visits after 2002, same-day surgery after 2002
Continuing Care Reporting SystemStays in complex continuing care facilities
Ontario Home Care Administrative SystemHome care before April 2005
Home Care DatabaseHome care after April 2005

CIHI = Canadian Institute for Health Information, OHIP = Ontario Health Insurance Plan.
*All databases were available through the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, with the exception of the New Drug Funding Program and Activity Level Reporting System obtained from Cancer Care Ontario.