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Research as a spiritual contract: an Aboriginal women's health project

Describes the work of two researchers, Connie Deiter and Linda Otway, who use specific research methods to include the participation of Aboriginal women.

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Published: 2002
Women's definitions and priorities of health

Summarizes research findings. Examines women’s health while focusing on the perceptions and definitions of health and well-being grounded in women’s daily experiences.

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Published: 2001
Assessing rural health: toward developing health indicators for rural Canada

Highlights the need to develop rural health indicators.

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Published: 1999
How does literacy affect the health of Canadians? A profile paper
Discusses the significant health impacts of literacy. Identifies why literacy is a health issue and thus is relevant to the mandate of Health Canada. Touches upon some of the mechanisms by which literacy affects health, and suggests some of the ways in which the health field can respond. Begins with a brief consideration of the actual literacy skills of Canadians. Reviews the evidence that indicates the impact of literacy on health. Considers the mechanisms by which literacy affects health, both in direct ways, such as the incorrect use of medications, failure to comply with medical directions, errors in infant formula administration, and safety risks, and indirectly via living and working conditions, personal health practices and coping skills, the physical environment, health services, and biology and genetic endowment. Also considers the relations of literacy to other determinants of health. (See Details)
Published: 1998
The health divide: how the sexes differ
Compiles information about differences between the sexes in attitudes and behaviours toward health, as well as in illnesses and mortality. (See Details)
Published: 2001
Canadian youth, sexual health and HIV/AIDS study: factors influencing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours
Provides a contemporary picture of the sexual behaviour of adolescents in Canada. Explores the socio-cultural, socio-environmental and interpersonal determinants of adolescent sexual behaviour. Demonstrates that most students report relatively rare use of harmful addictive drugs, a “happy home life,” and indicate that the school serves as an important source of sexual and HIV/AIDS information, that students' sexual health knowledge increases with grade, and that youth are familiar with condom use. Also demonstrates a drop in confidence levels related to coping skills and self-esteem, and a high prevalence of alcohol use and episodes of drunkenness. Suggests the need for a comprehensive focus on students' sexual health. (See Details)
Published: 2003
Aboriginal health information symposium, February 11-13, 2002. Proceedings
Details the proceedings from the February 11-13, 2002 Aboriginal Health Information Symposium, designed to provide for informed decision-making through providing access to the best information possible and the best resource persons. Aims to share symposium information as widely as possible. Summarizes opening keynote addresses and other keynote addresses, as well as the 12 topical workshops (Health surveillance initiatives; Ethics and protection in data collection ; Electronic health records; Health indicators; Child and youth health information; Health determinants; Understanding data linkages; Elders' health: results of research findings; Examples of Aoriginal health information initiatives; Survey data: what it can tell us - how to interpret statistics; Urban Aboriginal experiences; and, First Nations and the Inuit Health Information System version 2.0). Highlights select questions and comments from the speeches, panels, and workshops in each section.
Published: 2002
Diabetes among Aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) people in Canada: the evidence
Examines the high rates of diabetes among Aboriginal people in Canada, as well as issues of early onset, greater severity at diagnosis, high rates of complications, lack of accessible services, and more. (See Details)
Published: 2000
Literacy and health outcomes: summary
Presents a systematic review consolidates and analyzes the body of literature that has been produced to date regarding the relationship between literacy and health outcomes and the evidence about interventions intended to improve the health of people with low literacy. (See Details)
Published: 2004
Ajunnginiq Centre regional health workshops 2002
Reports on a series of workshops with Inuit in different regions of the Arctic in 2002. Gathers ideas and input from community residents about their perceptions of health and health needs. (See Details)
Published: 2002