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Administrative Data Systems

1. Learning Objectives

After reviewing this chapter readers should be able to:

  • Describe how the use of medical care administrative data systems has evolved to address fundamental social science questions in health and aging; 
  • Understand the elaborate set of control systems developed to assure that data protection standards are met; and 
  • Review advantages and disadvantages of research that relies upon administrative data, focusing on two major examples of longitudinal administrative data systems that exemplify the kinds of research that can be undertaken with this type of research resource.