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5. Equity (Disparity)

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Disparity rate ratio (CIHI)

Definition:
Neighbourhood income quintiles categorize small geographic areas into five roughly equal population groups. Quintile 1 refers to the least affluent neighbourhoods, while quintile 5 pertains to the most affluent neighbourhoods.

Source (s):
Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS) and Discharge Abstract Database (DAD); Statistics Canada, Census 2006; Alberta Health and Wellness, Alberta Ambulatory Care Database

Potential rate reduction (CIHI)

Definition:
Potential reduction in a health indicator rate that would occur in the hypothetical scenario that each socio-economic group in the jurisdiction experienced the rate of the most affluent socio-economic group.

Source (s):
Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS) and Discharge Abstract Database (DAD); Statistics Canada, Census 2006; Alberta Health and Wellness, Alberta Ambulatory Care Database