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Data collection process

NDRDI: Data-collection process

The participants included in this study are those who have already died as a result of a drug or alcohol-related death or those who were substance dependent and died from a medical consequence of substance use.

The data is collected from a number of sources, including:

  • The Coroner Service;
  • The General Mortality Register;
  • The Central Treatment List;
  • HIPE  

Staff from the NDRDI collect data from Coroner Service files relating to all deaths among alcohol dependent person, all deaths where a history of drug use was recorded or where drug or alcohol misuse was implicated in the death. Data from the other agencies is collected in electronic format.

NDRDI: What information is collected?

The information collected will include:

  • Administrative details
  • Demographic details
  • Socio-economic information
  • Problem drug use at the time of death
  • Risk behaviours
  • Drug treatment history
  • Details about the death itself
  • Medical diagnosis.

NDRDI: Who is the data controller?

The Health Research Board is the data controller with overall responsibility for the data.