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A Canadian peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research

January 2013

Comparability of self-reported medication use and pharmacy claims data

by Sara Allin, Ahmed M. Bayoumi, Michael R. Law and Audrey Laporte

Information on prescription drug use for populationlevel research is available from community surveys and from administrative data. While each data source offers advantages and disadvantages for the investigation of medication use, the two sources are rarely compared. The aim of this article is to examine the agreement between two sources of drug utilization data available for Ontario.

Measures of language outcomes using the Aboriginal Children's Survey

by Leanne C. Findlay and Dafna E. Kohen

One of the most prevalent forms of developmental delay among Aboriginal children pertains to language, with speech-language difficulties being reported by parents of up to 10% of Aboriginal children. Speech-language deficits and delays account for the largest percentage of diagnoses of special needs.