Term: Discharge Abstract Database (DAD)

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2010-11-05


A data file maintained by Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) containing information about almost every case that is discharged from an acute care hospital in Canada. CIHI uses these data to assign individual cases to case mix groups (CMGs™) and to calculate the appropriate resource intensity weight (RIW™) to every case.

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