Administrative data is always been a potentially important resource for the social and health sciences; the opportunity to analyse population data across a wide range of domains is an exciting one. The slow but gradual build of infrastructure to support access to such data and the advent of data science to link data together and support the complex analysis both within academia and beyond means that the potential is gradually being realised.

The International Conference for Administrative Data Research is a growing annual event aimed at researchers who use administrative data to better understand populations and societies. This year’s conference attracted over 130 submissions; with a mixture of substantive research, methodology and policy. The gradual maturation of this genre of social and health data sciences means that we are, collectively, beginning to understand more fully the complexities of analysing data which have not been collected for research.

This collection of abstracts from the conference reflects both the growing maturity and the diversity of the field. I hope that you enjoy them and they encourage those of you who are not yet engaged with this growing field to do so.

Mark Elliot
Conference Chair
ADR 2018

Preterm birth, unplanned hospital contact and mortality in infants born to teenage mothers in five countries: a cross-country comparison using linked administrative data

Katie Harron, Maximiliane Verfuerden, Ibinabo Ibiebele, Can Liu, Alex Kopp, Astrid Guttmann, Jane Ford, Anders Hjern, Jan van der Meulen, Ruth Gilbert
Published online: Jun 7, 2018

Unconsented linkage between dormant trials and administrative data: practical and regulatory implications

Maximiliane Verfuerden, Mary Fewtrell, Kathy Kennedy, Alan Lucas, John Jerrim, Katie Harron, Ruth Gilbert
Published online: Jun 7, 2018

Integrating electronic health records from different sources across the UK: lessons from a record linkage study

Amrita Bandyopadhyay, Karen Tingay, Ashley Akbari, Lucy Griffiths, Mario Cortina-Borja, Helen Bedford, Suzanne Walton, Carol Dezateux, Ronan A Lyons
Published online: Jun 11, 2018

Cohort study of osteoporosis and fracture risk in Wales: does secondary prevention achieve any benefit?

Laura North, Llion Davies, Damon Berridge, Angharad Walters, Ashley Akbari, Ronan Lyons
Published online: Jun 12, 2018

Welsh Government Flying Start Programme Evaluation Using Linked Data

Sarah Lowe, Laura McGinn, Marcos Quintela, Luke Player, Karen Tingay
Published online: Jun 12, 2018

Replication of Acute Kidney Injury e-Alerts

Gareth Davies, Timothy Scale, Ashley Akbari, James Chess, Ronan Lyons
Published online: Jun 12, 2018

The Inverse Care Law programme: evaluating a population based intervention in primary care within deprived communities in Wales.

Jiao Song, Ashley Akbari, Caryn Cox, Leon May, William Watkins, Sarah Aitken, Sarah Thomas, William King
Published online: Jun 12, 2018

Are children who are treated for asthma and seasonal allergic rhinitis disadvantaged in their educational attainment when acutely exposed to air pollution and pollen? A feasibility study

Amy Mizen, Jane Lyons, Sarah Rodgers, Damon Berridge, Ashley Akbari, Paul Wilkinson, Ai Milojevic, Ruth Doherty, Lorraine Dearden, Iain Lake, David Carruthers, Sarah Strickland, Anna Mavrogianni, Gwyneth Davies
Published online: Jun 12, 2018

A population-based data-linkage study of prescribed pain medications dispensed to persons with cerebral palsy

Guiomar Garcia Jalon, Aideen Maguire, Oliver Perra, Anna Gavin, Dermot O'Reilly, Allen Thurston
Published online: Jun 13, 2018

Cognitive development Respiratory Tract Illness and Effects of eXposure (CORTEX) project: Data processing challenges in combining high spatial resolution pollution level data with individual level health and education data

Jane Lyons, Amy Mizen, Sarah Rodgers, Damon Berridge, Ashley Akbari, Paul Wilkinson, Ai Milojevic, Ruth Doherty, Lorraine Dearden, Iain Lake, David Carruthers, Sarah Strickland, Anna Mavrogianni, Gwyneth Davies
Published online: Jun 13, 2018

EUROlinkCAT: Common Data Model

Maria Loane, James Densem, Joan Morris, Joachim Tan
Published online: Jun 13, 2018

Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) Data Portal - supporting multi-modal data analysis, data linkage and real-world outcomes

Christopher Orton, John Gallacher, Ronan A Lyons, David Ford, Simon Thompson, Sarah Bauermeister
Published online: Jun 13, 2018

Health Inequalities in the British Nursing Workforce

William Ball, Richard Kyle, Iain Atherton, Nadine Dougall
Published online: Jun 13, 2018

The Northern Ireland Baby Hearts Study: A Case-Control study using a hybrid data linkage method

Nichola McCullough, Helen Dolk, Maria Loane, Briege M Lagan, Frank Casey, Brian Craig
Published online: Jun 14, 2018

Building a Pan-Canadian Real World Health Data Network

Mark Smith, Michael Schull, Kimberlyn McGrail, Alan Katz, Brent Diverty, Ted McDonald, Charles Victor, Lisa Lix, Alison Paprica
Published online: Jun 14, 2018

A Comparison of Mental Health Performance Indicators in Canada

Mark Smith, Amanda Butler, Alain Lesage, Paul Kurdyak, Carol Adair, Simone Vigod, Wayne Jones
Published online: Jun 14, 2018

Learning Disability and Northern Ireland: Achieving Proportionate Universalism through Administrative Data Research

Jamie Murphy, Orla McBride, Lisa Hanna-Trainor, Laurence Taggart, Mark Shevlin, Pauline Heslop, Roy McConkey, Gyles Glover
Published online: Jun 14, 2018

The Mental Health of Migrants in Northern Ireland

Kishan Patel, Anne Kouvonen, Tania Bosqui, Ari Vannanen, Dermot O'Reilly
Published online: Jun 15, 2018

Prevalence and predictors of antidepressant prescribing in Northern Ireland

Mark Shevlin, Michael Rosato, Stephanie Boyle, Jamie Murphy, Daniel Boduszek
Published online: Jun 15, 2018