Administrative data can be used to:

  • Study prognosis, risks and harms and etiology of disease
  • Analyze trends over time and capture long-term outcomes
  • Examine associations of geographic variation
  • Analyze racial and ethnic disparities in access to and outcomes of health care
  • Study low prevalence conditions
  • Assess clinical effectiveness in populations and subpopulations, such as minority groups, children and people with co-morbidities and/or disabilities
  • Generate hypotheses for experimental research
  • Provide sampling frames for recruitment to experimental studies