As a leader in health information in Canada, CIHI is committed to working with the federal, provincial and territorial governments to support comparable reporting on medical assistance in dying (MAID).

MAID data can be used to inform health policy, evaluate health systems’ responses, assist end-of-life care research and support a better understanding of patient and provider experiences.

CIHI is committed to working with MAID leaders from across the country to support pan-Canadian measurement of medical assistance in dying.

Partnerships and collaboration

CIHI will work collaboratively to

  • Establish standards and data quality
  • Improve data collection
  • Promote comparable reporting and actionable analysis

A product of CIHI’s collaborative work to date, the MAID Information Needs Framework (PDF) facilitates the exploration of MAID-related health system information needs.

Coding and abstracting

Information gaps related to medical assistance in dying, including changes required to coding and abstracting, were identified by working with key stakeholders. Interim coding direction is available for 2016–2017 and 2017–2018 data. In 2018–2019, new ICD-10-CA/CCI codes and related standards and abstracting changes will be available.

MAID data at CIHI

Information regarding MAID is collected in CIHI’s clinical administrative databases: the Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) and the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS). There is also potential for collection in other data holdings.

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