Max Rady College of Medicine

Term: Record Linkage / Data Linkage

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2007-09-26


A set of techniques to match, or link, common or related records from one file with those from another. For example, information on the same individual in two or more files can be merged into one file by matching the records on a set of common identifiers.

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Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine,
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences,
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University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P5 Canada