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Where are we? : individual geographic location using two different sources of postal code information in BC McGrail, Kimberlyn M.; Fung, Patrick Wong


The purpose of this project was to compare, on an age-specific basis, the postal codes from these two sources as recorded in 1999. They have been compared at three levels: six-digit postal code, local health area (LHA) and Health Region (HR). The results should provide researchers with information on the reliability of geographic location based on the different sources and therefore about potential difficulties with regional analyses. The results will also provide an empirical basis for the decision about which source of postal codes ought to be used for research purposes.

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