Record linkage

Respondents are asked for their provincial health card number. This will help us to link the information collected in the questionnaire, such as health status and factors affecting health, with provincial health records. These records contain information about the use of health services and the occurrences of some types of illness and disease.

Linking to this information saves you from answering additional questions on the survey, reduces the cost of collecting the information, and provides a richer and more complete set of data for analysis. No information you provide will be linked without your permission.