BC Children's Hospital & BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre (C&W) accepts data access requests from PHSA researchers and staff, as well as from non PHSA-affiliated applicants.
Your institutional affiliation and location will determine whether your data request is considered an internal or external request. This will affect how your application is processed and what requirements you must meet.
If you are affiliated with PHSA and will be conducting the project at a PHSA location, your application is considered an internal request. For research projects,
research ethics approval will also come from a PHSA-affiliated Research Ethics Board.
Internal requesters must follow all
PHSA policies related to their data request.
If you are not affiliated with PHSA, your application is considered an external request. Once C&W receives your
Data Access Request, we will determine what type of documentation you need to provide.
If you work at another health authority or with the Ministry of Health, an Information Sharing Plan will be required (see definition of Information Sharing Plan).
If you work for any other external organization, an Information Sharing Agreement will be required (see
definition of Information Sharing Agreement).
External requesters are required to follow all
PHSA policies related to privacy and confidentiality and to be compliant with any other requirements as outlined by the Information Sharing Agreement.
C&W services are available to research trainees and
medical students conducting a project as part of their practicum, thesis or residency. The principal investigator (PI) or supervisor is required to sign off on the Data Access Agreement to confirm the scientific merit of the data request (see
definition of Data Access Agreement).