Health Indicators 2011 – Canadian Institute for Health Information and Statistics Canada – 8 June 2011

Posted on June 13, 2011. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality | Tags: , |

Health Indicators 2011  – Canadian Institute for Health Information and Statistics Canada – 8 June 2011
Extract from the Executive summary:

“Health Indicators 2011, the 12th in a series of annual flagship reports, presents the most recent data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Statistics Canada on a broad range of measures. This report seeks to answer two fundamental questions: “How healthy are Canadians?” and “How healthy is the Canadian health system?”

The indicators were selected based on directions provided at three National Consensus Conferences on Health  Indicators.1–3 Each indicator falls into one of the five dimensions of the internationally recognized4 Health Indicator Framework:

• Health status—provides insight into the health of Canadians, including well-being, human function and selected health conditions.
• Non-medical determinants of health—reflects factors outside of the health system that affect health.
• Health system performance—provides insight into the quality of health services, including accessibility,  appropriateness, effectiveness and patient safety.
• Community and health system characteristics—provides useful contextual information, rather than direct measures of health status or quality of care.
• Equity—provides insight into health disparities.

In addition to presenting the latest indicator results, this year’s report introduces three new indicators that are focused on mental health. In Canada, as in many countries, mental illnesses are among the 20 leading causes of disability5 and are associated with death by suicide.6–8 Seventy percent of mental illnesses develop at a young age,  they often persist over time and they affect people of all cultures and socio-economic status.8–11 They are also costly to the health system. In Canada, when taking into account costs associated with the reduction in health-related quality of life, loss of productivity in the workplace and direct costs of mental health services and supports, the economic impact of mental illnesses was estimated to be $52 billion in 2006 by the Institute of Health Economics.”

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