ePBRN 2019 GP + Hospital linked Dataset

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) electronic Practice Based Research Network (ePBRN) was established in 2010 in the Fairfield local government area of South Western Sydney (SWS) to conduct clinical and health services research by extracting and linking routinely collected data from 18 participating General Practices (GPs) and local health services, including the five hospitals in the Fairfield and Wollondilly integrated health neighbourhoods.  The SWS region has a diverse cultural and linguistic (CALD) population with a low socioeconomic profile. The ePBRN is a representative sample of SWS patients who use health services. 

The 2012-2019 Electronic Practice-based Research Network (ePBRN) Linked Dataset from South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) comprises anonymized electronic health records sourced from an integrated care network consisting of 18 general practitioner clinics and hospitals situated in South Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. These records have undergone rigorous anonymization processes to ensure the protection of patient identities and privacy. Notably, the dataset's strength lies in its capacity to link these primary care records to hospital data through a probabilistic linkage approach, resulting in a unified and coherent dataset. In total, this linked dataset encompasses a substantial cohort of 158,159 patients and incorporates a diverse range of healthcare information, including patient demographics, medication histories, documented medical conditions, and detailed records of visits to both general practices and hospitals.

Furthermore, to facilitate seamless compatibility and standardization for research and analysis, the dataset has been meticulously converted into the Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership Common Data Model (OMOP-CDM). Researchers and healthcare professionals can leverage the richness and comprehensiveness of the ePBRN SWSLHD Linked Dataset to conduct a wide spectrum of studies, from investigating healthcare trends to evaluating treatment outcomes and conducting epidemiological research. This resource serves as a valuable asset not only for enhancing healthcare within South Western Sydney but also for contributing to broader healthcare research endeavors. Its ability to integrate general practice and hospital data offers a holistic view of patients' healthcare experiences, enabling comprehensive analyses and the generation of meaningful insights. 

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