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What is the purpose of the survey?

The objective of the Survey on Living with Neurological Conditions in Canada is to collect valuable information on chronic neurological conditions in Canada. The survey will ask respondents about a number of issues related to neurological conditions, including diagnosis, medication use, social support and the economic impact of having a neurological condition. There is a need for this type of information in order for governments and health professionals to better plan and provide health services for persons with neurological conditions.

The Survey on Living with Neurological Conditions in Canada is conducted by Statistics Canada and sponsored by the Public Heath Agency of Canada.

How was I selected to participate in this survey?

You were selected from a group of people who responded to the Canadian Community Health Survey between 2010 and 2011. Between September 2011 and March 2012, Statistics Canada will contact about 8,200 people to complete the Survey on Living with Neurological Conditions in Canada.

Who uses this information?

Results from the survey will provide important insights into the health of Canadians with chronic neurological conditions. Everyone can benefit from the knowledge gained through the survey:

  • Provincial health ministries and federal government departments will use this information when making funding decisions, developing priorities and identifying areas of concern for legislation, new policies and programs.
  • Community groups and social agencies need this type of information to determine how to best allocate resources in order to improve the health of the people living in their community. A key use for the information from this survey will be the development of public education campaigns and programs that properly meet the health needs of Canadians affected by neurological conditions.
  • Researchers will have more health information to work with than ever before, in order to monitor, analyse and measure those factors affecting chronic neurological conditions and to report on them.
  • The media will use this information to raise awareness about health, an issue of concern to all.

When will the survey results be available?

Results will be announced in December 2012 in Statistics Canada's official release bulletin, The Daily. The Public Health Agency of Canada will also publish results.

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