Research Findings

A Profile of Women's Health in Manitoba

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A Profile of Women's Health in Manitoba takes a comprehensive, gender-based look at the health of women in Manitoba and provides evidence to indicate that health involves much more than the absence of illness; staying healthy requires much more than simply receiving good health care.

With an inclusive description of over 150 indicators of women’s health, the report points to policies and programs with which to improve health conditions for women.

Canadian Perinatal Health Report – 2008 Edition

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The Canadian Perinatal Health Report-2008 Edition is now available on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Web site.   The report presents temporal trends and differences observed at national and provincial/territorial levels for 29 perinatal health indicators.   Surveillance contained in this report is fundamental in providing knowledge to improve the health status of Canadian women, mothers and infants.

Reducing Gaps in Health: A Focus on Socio-Economic Status in Urban Canada

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Reducing Gaps in Health provides a broad overview of the links between socio-economic status and health, while profiling differences within and across 15 of Canada’s census metropolitan areas (CMAs). It examines how health, as measured by a variety of indicators, varies in small geographical areas in those CMAs with different socio-economic characteristics by exploring patterns and gradients within those CMAs and across urban Canada. It also explores factors that might inform actions to improve health and reduce gaps in health between groups.

Global Gender Gap Report 2008

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The Global Gender Gap Report ranks countries according to gender equality. The three highest ranking countries (Norway, Finland and
Sweden) have closed the gender gap to a little over 80%, while the lowest ranking country (Yemen) has only closed approximately 45%.  

Canada has made minimal improvements in economic participation and opportunity.  But there have been losses in educational attainment and political empowerment, Canada was ranked 60th for political empowerment.

The Report shows that there is a connection between gender gap and economic performance. Most importantly, it raises greater awareness about the opportunities that are created by reducing the gender gap.

Read Global Gender Gap Report 2008.

Caring for Nurses in Public Health Emergencies

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Significant gaps in support exist for nurses in the event of a public health emergency like a flu pandemic, this new study by the Women's Health Research Unit of the University of Ottawa demonstrates. Caring for Nurses in Public Health Emergencies calls for significant workplace human resources improvements to better protect nurses in emergencies. These include increased access to training, improved compensation and benefits for "casual" employees, more effective communication of risks and risk management strategies, and supports to reduce work/life conflicts for nurses, the majority of whom are women. Strengthening resources and support would also enhance public health and safety  The report is available online.

Providing Services to Immigrant Women in Atlantic Canada

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A new study "Providing Services to Immigrant Women in Atlantic Canada" published by Metropolis shows that immigrant women, like women everywhere suffer violence and look for support to help them deal with it.

The article describes some of the findings of research conducted in 2005 and 2006, which found that being an immigrant was a factor not only in immigrant women’s experiences of violence in Atlantic Canada, but also in their access to support services. Immigrant women and the professionals who provide services to them describe some of the barriers they face and conclude that fully funded and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and services to immigrant women are needed in the region.

Raising Children with Disabilities Takes Toll

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A Statistics Canada survey confirms what parents with children with disabilities already know -- the extra care and attention the children need adds to the stress of maintaining family balance. Of parents surveyed in 2006 who have a disabled child aged 14 and younger, 61.5 per cent said that trying to maintain that balance sometimes or always caused them stress. The more severe the child’s disability, the more likely these parents were to cite that as the main source of stress in their family – from 46.2 per cent for the parents of children with a mild to moderate disability to 81.7 per cent for those with children with a severe disability.

The survey found that mothers were eight times more likely than fathers (64 per cent versus eight per cent) to adjust their work schedules. Still, 25 per cent of couples decided that they both had to make adjustments to their jobs. Read the study .

Health Care in Canada 2008

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Health Care in Canada 2008 (HCIC 2008) is the ninth in a series of annual reports on Canada's health care system. Health Care in Canada 2008 continues the new format and focused content that was launched in HCIC 2007, providing a review of key analytic work undertaken at CIHI that highlights CIHI's health care research priorities (access, quality of care, health human resources, funding/costs, etc.). Also included in this report is a review of seminal national and international health care research as it maps onto these health care priorities. HCIC 2008 is an important tool for health care researchers, persons involved in strategic decision-making in health care, the media and Canadians in general to identify current priorities in health care.

Eldercare: What we know today

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Caregivers perform a range of tasks in caring for seniors: personal care, tasks inside the senior’s house, tasks outside the senior’s house, transportation, medical care, and care management. When examining who performs tasks and how often, it is important to remember that nearly 6 in 10 caregivers were women, and that the proportion of women caregivers was higher than the proportion of women in the general population.

The delivery of care tasks is still divided along gender lines. In 2007, nearly 40% of women caregivers and fewer than 20% of men caregivers provided personal care, which includes intimate activities such as bathing and dressing. Read the study published by Statistics Canada.

Indicators of Well-being in Canada

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Indicators of Well-being in Canada gathers data from different sources and presents a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the well-being of Canadians and Canadian society. It also shows how this picture may be changing over time.  You will find a wide range of indicators, or statistical measures, that show how things are going for Canadians.

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