CHU Sainte-Justine Université de Montréal

Cohorts and data sources

Quebec Pregnancy Cohort

The population-based Quebec Pregnancy Cohort has been widely used in numerous pharmacoepidemiological studies. It was put in place by Dr. Anick Bérard and her research team at CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal. It was built by the linkage of four administrative databases in the province of Quebec: the Régie de l'Assurance Maladie du Québec (RAMQ); the MedEcho database; the Fichier des événements démographiques du Québec, administered by the Institut de la Statistique du Québec (ISQ); and the Fichier du Ministère de l’Éducation, des loisirs et des Sports. A self-administrated questionnaire was also used to obtain data on lifestyle (smoking, physical activity, alcohol, etc.), socioeconomic risk factors, use of natural products and over-the-counter medications, and pregnancy history.

The Quebec Pregnancy Cohort contains information on pregnancies from 1998 to 2009, or about 290,000 pregnancies. Access to information needed for the creation of the Quebec Pregnancy Cohort was approved by the Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec (CAI).

To summarize, the Quebec Pregnancy Cohort affords the opportunity to identify risks and benefits associated to medication use during pregnancy.

Funding

Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ), Réseau québécois de recherche sur l'usage des médicaments (RQRUM), Réseau FRSQ pour le bien-être des enfants.