CHU Sainte-Justine Université de Montréal

Cohorts and data sources

The population-based Quebec Pregnancy Cohort was widely used for numerous pharmacoepidemiology studies. It was put in place by the Dr. Anick Bérard and her research team at CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal.  It was built by the linkage of four administrative databases of the province of Quebec: the Régie de l'Assurance Maladie du Québec (RAMQ), the MedEcho database, Fichier des événements démographiques du Québec, administered by the Institut de la Statistique du Québec (ISQ) and the Fichier du Ministere de l’Education, des loisirs et des Sports. A self-administrated questionnaire was also used to obtain data on life style (smoking, physical activity, alcohol, etc…, socioeconomic risk factors, natural products and over-the-counter medications use, and pregnancy history. The cohort was described in details in the two following published paper: Plos One et Therapie.

 

The Quebec Pregnancy Cohort contains information on regarding pregnancies from 1998 to 2015, meaning 442,079 pregnancies for 262,125 women and 254,629 children.  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).

 

Globally, the Quebec Pregnancy Cohort gives the opportunity to identify risks and benefits associated to medication use during pregnancy.

 

Funding source

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) - Fonds des learders John-R.Evans; 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.