Special issue on cross-centre research and development
I’m delighted to introduce our special issue focusing on cross-centre research and development. Being able to work effectively across different centres or jurisdictions is becoming increasingly important to open up new research opportunities, but there can be considerable challenges to address. This special issue includes a variety of articles on outcome-based research and on practical, methodological developments to overcome the hurdles and enable data to be used more effectively. Some articles include a combination of both.

Outcome-based research
Integrating data from multiple sources can allow questions to be addressed that would otherwise require prohibitive effort and cost, or not be possible at all. Such research studies can add value by enabling, for example: larger sample sizes for greater statistical power; the creation of richer cohorts; and cross-jurisdictional comparisons.

Practical issues in cross-centre working
Cross-centre data-intensive working holds great potential to promote and enable research. There is an array of practical issues that may impact on this goal, and these may require innovative solutions. Some examples are: creating technologies and data sharing platforms; developing methodological solutions; overcoming challenges inherent in the data; encountering cultural issues; and navigating regulatory & governance frameworks.

Further articles will be added to this special issue in due course.

On behalf of IJPDS, I’d like to thank all who have contributed to this important special issue.

Kerina Jones, IJPDS Founding Editor-in-Chief

A Pan-Canadian Data Resource for Monitoring Child Developmental Health: The Canadian Neighbourhoods Early Child Development (CanNECD) Database

Magdalena Janus, Nazeem Muhajarine, Marni Brownell, Eric Duku, Simon Webb, Ashley Gaskin, Rob Raos, Barry Forer, Jennifer Enns, Martin Guhn
Published online: Sep 21, 2018

Challenges in accessing routinely collected data from multiple providers in the UK for primary studies: Managing the morass.

Fiona V Lugg-Widger, Lianna Angel, Rebecca Cannings-John, Kerenza Hood, Kathryn Hughes, Gwenllian Moody, Michael Robling
Published online: Sep 12, 2018

A case study in distributed team science in research using electronic health records

Jiao Song, Elizabeth Elliot, Andrew D Morris, Joannes J Kerssens, Ashley Akbari, Simon Ellwood-Thompson, Ronan A Lyons
Published online: Sep 21, 2018

Challenges Associated with Cross-Jurisdictional Analyses using Administrative Health Data and Primary Care Electronic Medical Records in Canada

Alan Katz, Jennifer Enns, Sabrina T Wong, Tyler Williamson, Alexander Singer, Kimberlyn McGrail, Jeffery A Bakal, Carole Taylor, Sandra Peterson
Published online: Oct 5, 2018

Multi-province epidemiological research using linked administrative data: a case study from Canada.

Amanda Leanne Butler, Mark Smith, Wayne Jones, Carol E Adair, Simone Vigod, Paul Kurdyak, Alain Lesage
Published online: Sep 21, 2018

The Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System: A model for collaborative surveillance

Lisa Lix, Rolf Puchtinger, Kim Reimer, Cynthia Robitaille, Mark Smith, Lawrence Svenson, Karen Tu, Linda VanTil, Sean Waits, Louise Pelletier, Karen Phillips, Catherine Pelletier, J. Michael Paterson, James Ayles, Sharon Bartholomew, Charmaine Cooke, Joellyn Ellison, Valerie Emond, Naomi Hamm, Heather Hannah, Sonia Jean, Shannon LeBlanc, Siobhan O'Donnel
Published online: Oct 5, 2018

Expanding the impact of a longstanding Canadian cardiac registry through data linkage: challenges and opportunities

Danielle A Southern, Matthew T James, Stephen B Wilton, Lawrence DeKoning, Hude Quan, Merril L Kundtson, William A Ghali
Published online: Nov 12, 2018

Lessons Learned: It Takes a Village to Understand Inter-Sectoral Care Using Administrative Data across Jurisdictions

Patti Ann Groome, Mary L McBride, Li Jiang, Cynthia Kendell, Kathleen M Decker, Eva Grunfeld, Monika K Krzyzanowska, Marcy Winget
Published online: Nov 12, 2018