1. Regional health indicators

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The methodology used for these indicators was designed to maximize inter–regional and inter–provincial comparability given the characteristics of available national datasets. For this reason, there may be differences between definitions, data sources, and extraction procedures used in local, regional, or provincial/territorial reports when compared to those described here. In addition, discrepancies may exist due to on–going updates to databases.

Rates are standardized wherever possible to facilitate comparability across provinces/regions and over time.

For indicators produced by Statistics Canada for most data sources (with the exception of Census and Demographic population estimates), health region level data are not available for some northern health regions in Manitoba and Saskatchewan which have small populations. To avoid suppression in these areas where small numbers or sample size impact on data quality, data have been grouped with neighbouring regions, as follows:

In Manitoba, Burntwood Regional Health Authority (4680) is combined with Churchill Regional Health Authority (4690) and referred to as "Burntwood/Churchill (4685)."

In Saskatchewan, Mamawetan Churchill River Regional Health Authority (4711) is combined with Keewatin Yatthé Regional Health Authority (4712) and Athabasca Health Authority (4713) and referred to as "Athabasca/Keewatin/Mamawetan (4714)."

For indicators produced by CIHI, data for regions with a population of at least 20,000 are reported.

1.1 Health region level population estimates

Health regions population estimates are produced by the Demography Division, except for the BC estimates and for the Quebec preliminary estimates (for the most recent year). The Quebec HR preliminary estimates were derived from the census division estimates provided by "Institut de la statistique du Québec". For the BC population estimates, they were provided by BC-Stats for the whole period. See Appendix section on Population estimates for information on methodology.