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If you work in or are involved with the health care sector in Canada or just have a healthy interest,
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you know that it is a dynamic and complex field that needs careful planning and reliable data.
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How to focus on the right area to meet clinical needs?
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How to provide intelligent planning for community-based facilities and services from a municipal government perspective?
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How to make the right decision when health care needs and demands are changing more rapidly than ever before?
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It all begins with looking at the facts, and by getting perspective through invaluable comparative data.
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And that's where we come in.
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Statistics Canada conducts a number of health surveys and provides a significant and very broad range of reliable data on health – for all regions of the country.
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This short tutorial will show you some basics on how to find health data, and how to put it to work so you can get the answers you need.
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So, let's get started!! From the Statistics Canada main page at www.statcan.gc.ca, select English.
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Look at the featured area on the bottom right and you will find the link to the "Health in Canada" portal.
(Statistics Canada's English web home page is shown. The cursor moves to the "Features" section of the home page and selects "Health in Canada".)
This is your gateway to all kinds of data on the health of Canadians
that can be leveraged to give you the kind of information you are looking for.
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Here you can find the 'Health Profile' for your region or province.
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These data come from a number of sources including Statistics Canada's Vital Statistics database, the Canadian Community Health Survey, the Canadian Cancer Registry, and the Census of Population. But here… they are all together in one place.
(An image of a laptop computer is shown. On the screen of the computer, the text "Health Profile" is displayed. To the left of the image, the texts "Vital Statistics database", "Canadian Community Health Survey", "Canadian Cancer Registry", "Census of Population" are shown.)
You can access the profile in a variety of ways, with indexes on the left and right sides, and at the bottom, too.
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Choose 'Health Profile' from the left menu to get quick access to the latest health-related data for your region.
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There are a number of options to find a specific health region.
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For example, you can simply type the place name in the search box,
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or choose a province or territory and pick the health region from the list.
(The section of the Health Profile web page "Browse: Province/territory" is shown. The cursor moves to the drop down menu which lists Canada's provinces and territories.)
Let's say you are looking for information for St. John's, Newfoundland.
(The section of the Health Profile web page "Search: Place name" is shown. The text "st. john's" is entered in the search box. The cursor selects "Search".)
We will search by PLACE NAME.
Enter 'St. John's' in the box and select 'Search'. You can see that St. John's falls under the Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority.
(A number of research results are shown, including "St. John's Metropolitan Area, Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority (1011-C), Newfoundland and Labrador".)
By selecting this link, you will be transported to hundreds of rows of data for the health region, from accessibility of health services to living and working conditions of the population, from health behaviours to well-being.
(The cursor selects "Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority (1011-C). A table is subsequently shown containing many rows of data. The table is scrolled up and down to show the variety of topics.)
You can manipulate the table in a number of ways. You can select a view or build your own view, view the data in 'rates' or 'counts', select a different area for comparison, and even download the table.
(The cursor moves to "Select a view", and a drop-down menu of various health topics and the "build your own view" feature is shown. The cursor points to "rates" and then "counts". It then points to "Change geography" tab, and then the "Download" tab.)
And there is even more... you can convert the data into graphs by selecting 'Figure' –
very handy when you need to build a graphic representation of data.
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And get a map of the region from the Map tab at the top.
(The cursor selects the return arrow and the screen returns to the earlier table. The cursor points at the "Map" tab.)
Make sure you read the footnotes at the end of the table as they will help you better understand the data.
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A particularly useful feature is the ability to compare 'peer groups' in the Health Profile, that is to say health regions across the country with similar population characteristics.
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Examining peer groups is very useful in the analysis of health regions. By comparing health regions that are similar, you can pick out important differences that can inform your analysis. Let's work with the peer group concept.
(The cursor selects "Search results for St. John's".)
You will notice that the Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority has a '1011-C' in brackets next to its name— indicating that this health region belongs to peer Group C.
(The screen returns to the earlier results that contain the text "st. john's". The "Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority (1011-C), Newfoundland and Labrador" is highlighted.)
You can now compare your health region with those that share similar characteristics and see how residents in your community stack up on important health indicators. The table for the Health Authority identified for St. John's has a second set of data for a different geography, defaulting initially to Canada. In this column, Select 'Change Geography', then 'Option 2 – Select a health region peer group', followed by 'Peer group C'.
(The screen returns to the table showing data for the Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority. The cursor selects "Change geography". The web page of "Health Profile – Select Region 2" is shown. The cursor points at "Option 2 – Select a health region peer group", and then selects "Peer Group C".)
Now select any health region in the list, let's say Sudbury and District Health Unit. You can now view how these two similar health regions compare on any of the factors you chose. You can continue doing this until you have a really strong perspective on the region that you are studying versus others in the country.
(A list of health regions belonging to Peer Group C is shown. The cursor selects "Sudbury and District Health Unit (3561-C), Ontario". A table is generated showing the data for the Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority and for Sudbury and District Health Unit.)
Impressed? There are many more free data for your health region in CANSIM – Statistics Canada's key socio-economic database. There are a couple of ways to search for CANSIM data tables. You can either select the RELATED DATA tab from the table that we just looked at, or you can select Health Data in CANSIM.
(The cursor selects the "Related data" tab of the table. It then selects "CANSIM by subject – Health".)
There are a variety of topics, and over 550 data tables. Choose a topic of interest. For example, 'Prevention and Detection of Disease'.
(A list of health topics is shown. The cursor selects "Prevention and detection of disease".)
There are many CANSIM tables on this topic. Not all tables have data at the health region level. You can determine this by consulting the title of the table or by reading the description. As an example, let's choose Table 105-0501.
What you see here is only a part of the table. You can use the ADD/Remove tab to customize the table to your needs.
(A partial table is shown. The screen zooms to the "Add/Remove data" tab, and selects that tab. A list of variables is shown.)
Follow the steps and choose the variables of interest, for example, Eastern Integrated Regional Health Authority, 'Total, 12 years and over', etc. And select 'Apply'.
(A number of variables are selected, such as "Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority" and "Total, 12 years and over". The cursor selects "Apply".)
You now have a customized table for this health region, showing data from 2008 to 2012. Be sure to read the footnotes to help you better understand the results.
(A table with the selected variables is shown. The screen scrolls down to show the footnotes of the table.)
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The 'Health in Canada' module is a remarkably rich resource. In this tutorial, we have shown you just a few free resources to help you better understand health care and health issues—but, as you can imagine, we have only scratched the surface.
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We invite you to discover more information on the "Health in Canada" module that can help you in a variety of ways. We hope you have enjoyed this brief tutorial! Statistics Canada also offers consulting services and workshops to help you if you need more specialized assistance.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us by phone at 1-800-263-1136, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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