Health Reports, December 2012

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The December 2012 online issue of Health Reports, released today, contains two articles.

The first article, "Seniors' use of and unmet needs for home care, 2009," uses data from the 2009 Canadian Community Health Survey―Healthy Aging to provide a profile of community-dwelling seniors receiving home care and describe the types of care they receive from formal and informal sources. Seniors' unmet needs for professional home care are also examined.

For more information on this article, contact Melanie Hoover (613-951-0346; melanie.hoover@statcan.gc.ca), Health Statistics Division.

The second article, "Acute care hospital days and mental diagnoses," examines hospitalizations with a most responsible or comorbid mental diagnosis using administrative data for acute care hospitals. Rather than the number of hospitalizations, the analysis is based on the number of days and the average length of stay. The total number of days provides a proxy measure of resource use in the acute care hospital system, and the average length of stay is an indication of the intensity of hospital service use.

For more information on this article, contact Philippe Finès (514-283-6847; philippe.fines@statcan.gc.ca), Health Analysis Division.

The complete version of the latest issue of Health Reports, Vol. 23, no. 4 (Catalogue number82-003-X, free), is now available from the Key resource module of our website under Publications. A print version (Catalogue number82-003-X, $24/$68) is also available.

For more information, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; infostats@statcan.gc.ca).

For information about Health Reports, contact Janice Felman (613-951-6446; janice.felman@statcan.gc.ca), Health Analysis Division.