Health Reports

A Canadian peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research

September 2013

Perceived need for mental health care in Canada: Results from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey–Mental Health

by Adam Sunderland and Leanne C. Findlay

Many Canadians experience a need for mental health care (MHC), but not all of those needs are met. In fact, the presence of mental illness has repeatedly been associated with an MHC need, despite evidence-based practices suggesting that mental illness can be successfully treated. Rates of unmet needs were higher among people with the criteria for mental illness, especially those with depression. This is relevant considering that, in 2012, an estimated 10% of Canadians experienced a mental disorder (depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, or alcohol, cannabis or substance abuse or dependence) in the past year.


Validation of an index to estimate the prevalence of frailty among community-dwelling seniors

by Melanie Hoover, Michelle Rotermann, Claudia Sanmartin and Julie Bernier

Frailty is an age-related physiological state of increased vulnerability. Frail individuals are less likely to adapt and/or recover to a normal health state after acute illnesses or injuries. Frailty manifests as an accumulation of health problems, including chronic conditions and physical disability. Independent of age, frailty has been found to be predictive of death, hospitalization, institutionalization, falls, and worsening health status. Information about the prevalence of frailty among Canada's community-dwelling seniors is important for policy development and health resource planning, including home care and residential care.

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