Pharmacy dispensing database linked to the LifeLines cohort
MAECON can offer access to the largest pharmacy dispensing database in the northern Netherlands. The pharmacy database comprises dispensing data from approximately 600,000 patients from more than 60 community pharmacies in the northern part of the Netherlands. The coverage is approximately 20% of the inhabitants of the northern provinces. All patients are included regardless of type of insurance and is therefore representative for the total population. Longitudinal data have been collected for almost 25 years since 1994 and each patient is uniquely tracked in the system. The database provides virtually complete medication records, except for OTC drugs and medication dispensed during hospitalization. Since 2017, pharmacy dispense data are linked to the Groningen LifeLines cohort study and multiple adherence studies using the database have been performed. The database is coordinated by prof. dr. Eelko Hak, one of MAECON's members who is based at the University of Groningen, department of Pharmacy, Unit of Pharmaco-epidemiology & Economics.
Primary care clinical database
MAECON can offer access to a large primary care database that includes patients with type 2 diabetes. The Groningen Initiative to Analyse Type 2 diabetes Treatment (GIANTT) project is a regional collaborative between healthcare professionals and scientists aiming to optimize the quality of care for patients with diabetes mellitus type 2. Since 2004, anonymized routine primary care data from over 50,000 patients with type 2 diabetes type 2, including prescriptions, morbidity and laboratory data, is collected, stored in a research database and analyzed. The overall goal is adequate and efficient care for these patients. Of note, GIANTT has been used in several medication adherence studies. The GIANTT database is led by MAECON member prof. dr. Petra Denig and is hosted by the University Medical Center Groningen.
Through MAECON's members that work part-time at the Dutch NIVEL research institute, MAECON can offer access to several national primary care databases. These include the NIVEL primary care database, panels of healthcare users, healthcare professionals and the Nursing Staff Panel. These databases are coordinated by prof. dr. Liset van Dijk and dr. Marcia Vervloet.