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The Canadian Coroner Examiner Database

The Canadian Coroner and Medical Examiner Database (CCMED) is a new database developed at Statistics Canada in collaboration with the 13 provincial and territorial Chief Coroners and Chief Medical Examiners and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Currently, the CCMED combines data from 9 provincial and territorial databases to provide national information on the circumstances in which deaths reported to and investigated by coroners and medical examiners occur. Understanding these circumstances will facilitate the identification and characterization of emerging trends and unknown safety hazards. Such information will be significant in the CCMED's ultimate goal – the contribution to a decrease in preventable deaths in Canada.

Because of the wealth of information contained in the coroner or medical examiner (C/ME) records, in particular the detailed information on the circumstances in which the deaths occurred and the C/ME's final decision on the cause of death, their records are often consulted by researchers. If national data are required, the researchers must visit the offices of all 13 chief C/ME's to identify relevant records and abstract the data. Each jurisdiction has developed a data management system; the CCMED is a response to make the compilation of this data more efficient.

The 2006 to 2008 Canadian Coroner and Medical Examiner Report presents data on deaths investigated by a C/ME , with a particular focus on deaths resulting from accidents, suicides, homicides, and deaths of undetermined intent.

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