Due to the wealth of data present, SAIL is valuable for case-control studies where outcomes are being compared in the presence and absence of exposures or interventions. Epidemiological research can benefit greatly from SAIL Databank’s linked data. Not only do we hold billions of person based health records to give strength to your study, SAIL Databank also holds additional data to give your study a more rounded view such as social services, education, environmental and mental health data.
Any research that does not need to be conducted on a population from a particular geographical location would benefit from data linkage using SAIL data e.g. studies requiring records of specific groups such as pregnant women, people of a particular age group or people with a particular illness etc.
Published case control studies using SAIL:
- Evidence for a persistent, major excess in all cause admissions to hospital in children with type-1 diabetes: results from a large Welsh national matched community cohort study
- Does frequent residential mobility in early years affect the uptake and timeliness of routine immunisations? An anonymised cohort study