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Health Reports, December 2016

Released: 2016-12-21

The December 2016 online issue of Health Reports, released today, contains three articles: "Acute care hospitalization of refugees to Canada: Linked data for immigrants from Poland, Vietnam and the Middle East", "Missing paternal data and adverse birth outcomes in Canada" and "Linking the Canadian Community Health Survey and the Canadian Mortality Database: An enhanced data source for the study of mortality."

The study "Acute care hospitalization of refugees to Canada: Linked data for immigrants from Poland, Vietnam and the Middle East" uses information from the Immigrant Landing File and the 2006 Census of Population and links that information to the Discharge Abstract Database to compare age-standardized hospitalization rates for the three fiscal years from 2006/2007 through 2008/2009 for immigrants who arrived during the 1980 to 2006 period, with a focus on three refugee groups. The analysis focused on refugees from Poland, Vietnam and the Middle East, whose hospitalization rates were compared with those of the Canadian-born population and/or economic class immigrants from the same source areas.

Research on predictors of birth outcomes tends to focus on maternal characteristics. Less is known about the role of paternal factors. Missing paternal data from administrative records may be a marker for risk of adverse birth outcomes. The objective of "Missing paternal data and adverse birth outcomes in Canada" was to compare rates of preterm birth, small-for-gestational-age birth, stillbirth and infant mortality, based on the presence or absence of paternal data on the birth registration and in census results, while controlling for maternal characteristics. Analyses were performed on a cohort of births from May 16, 2004 through May 15, 2006, created by linking birth and death registration data with the 2006 Canadian census.

The study "Linking the Canadian Community Health Survey and the Canadian Mortality Database: An enhanced data source for the study of mortality" summarizes the linkage made between the Canadian Community Health Survey and the Canadian Mortality Database. It explains the record linkage process and presents results about associations between health behaviours and mortality among a representative sample of Canadians.

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The articles, "Acute care hospitalization of refugees to Canada: Linked data for immigrants from Poland, Vietnam and the Middle East," "Missing paternal data and adverse birth outcomes in Canada," and "Linking the Canadian Community Health Survey and the Canadian Mortality Database: An enhanced data source for the study of mortality" are available in the December 2016 online issue of Health Reports, Vol. 27, no. 12 (Catalogue number82-003-X).

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For more information on the article "Acute care hospitalization of refugees to Canada: Linked data for immigrants from Poland, Vietnam and the Middle East," contact Edward Ng (edward.ng@canada.ca), Health Analysis Division, Statistics Canada.

For more information on the article "Missing paternal data and adverse birth outcomes in Canada," contact Gabriel Shapiro (gabriel.shapiro@mail.mcgill.ca), McGill University.

For more information on the article "Linking the Canadian Community Health Survey and the Canadian Mortality Database: An enhanced data source for the study of mortality," contact Claudia Sanmartin (claudia.sanmartin@canada.ca), Health Analysis Division, Statistics Canada.

For information about Health Reports, contact Janice Felman (613-799-7746; janice.felman@canada.ca), Health Analysis Division, Statistics Canada.

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