Reducing Gaps in Health: A Focus on Socio-Economic Status in Urban
Canadians in lower socio-economic groups more likely to be hospitalized for mental illness, child asthma
New CIHI study examines health differences in 15 urban areas in
CIHI’s Canadian Population Health Initiative in collaboration with CIHI’s Health Indicators department, the Urban Public Health Network, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec and Statistics Canada.
Full report available online as PDF file [171p.] at:
November 24, 2008—In major urban areas across
Reducing Gaps in Health: A Focus on Socio-Economic Status in Urban Canada compares 21 health-related indicators between three socio-economic status groups—low, average and high—within and across 15 of Canada’s largest census metropolitan areas, representing 66% of Canada’s urban population as defined by CIHI analyses. Socio-economic status (SES) is a measure of an individual’s economic and social position relative to others, based on income, education and employment.
· Figure 1.
Pan-Canadian Age-Standardized Hospitalization Rates by Socio-Economic Status Group (Figure 2 in the report)
· Figure 2.
Pan-Canadian Ratio of Age-Standardized Hospitalization Rates Between Low- and High- Socio-Economic Status Groups (Figure 4 in the report)
· Figure 3.
Pan-Canadian Age-Standardized Self-Reported Health Percentages by Socio-Economic Status Group (Figure 3 in the report)
· Figure 4.
Pan-Canadian Ratio of Age-Standardized Percentages of Self-Reported Health Between Low- and High-Socio-Economic Status Groups (Figure 5 in the report)
· Table 1.
Ratio of Age-Standardized Hospitalization Rates Between Low- and High-Socio-Economic Status Groups in 15 Canadian CMAs (Table 2 in the report)
· Table 2.
Ratio of Age-Standardized Self-Reported Health Percentages Between Low- and High-Socio-Economic Status Groups in 15 Canadian CMAs (Table 3 in the report)
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