Home care is a rapidly growing and critical component of an effective health care system. In Canada, home care programs deliver a wide range of services, including
Home care is delivered in the community in private homes and residential care settings, as well as in hospitals and ambulatory clinics.
CIHI collects and reports on clinical, administrative and resource utilization data from publicly funded home care programs in Canada. We also collect information on transitions of home care clients to and from hospitals or emergency rooms.
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Home Care Reporting System
The Home Care Reporting System (HCRS) contains demographic, clinical, functional and resource utilization information on clients served by publicly funded home care programs in Canada.
The clinical data standards for HCRS were developed by interRAI, an international research network, and modified with its permission for Canadian use. The interRAI Resident Assessment Instrument—Home Care (RAI-HC)© is used to identify the preferences, needs and strengths of long-term home care clients. The interRAI Contact Assessment (interRAI CA)© captures a brief profile of all people served through screening or home care intake processes.
Client information is entered into a computer at the point of care. Real-time reports flag resident risks and inform care planning. The information then flows to CIHI. With no additional collection effort, evidence is available to guide care and system-wide planning as well as quality improvement.
Metadata is information about data. It helps users understand and interpret data from a specific source.
Find out more about the following data sources:
Other useful items from CIHI include information sheets, manuals and educational material.
Home care information sheets
Home care user manuals
Home care specifications manuals
Home care education