The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of MHA-related information in Canada that
is available at CIHI through its data holdings and publicly available products (for example,
publications, web pages and data tables). The primary intended audience for this publication is
individuals and health care organizations interested in accessing MHA information at CIHI.
Sources with little or no MHA information are not included in this guide. The metadata presented
in each section varies depending on the information available. As there may be changes in
coverage and availability over time, readers are encouraged to consult the individual metadata
web pages for further information (links included in this guide).
Canadians have indicated that waiting too long for care is the largest barrier
to accessing health services.1
As a result, policy-makers made reducing wait
times and improving access to care a high priority in Canada. It has been a
decade since the 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care
of 2004 established
strategic investments in five priority clinical areas: cancer, heart, diagnostic
imaging, joint replacement and sight restoration.2, 3 As part of the plan,
the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) was asked to report
on progress across the country. After 10 years, much has changed.
There is increasing interest in comparing Canada’s health system
internationally. Enhancing accountability and promoting benchmarking and
mutual learning are among the reasons for looking at how health system
performance varies across countries. Although there are methodological
challenges in terms of having consistent and comparable data, there is value
in understanding how Canadian results compare internationally.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
is a reliable source of international data on various areas of economic and
social well-being, including health care. It collects data for indicators of
quality of care for more than 30 countries. These indicators are used in this
report to provide an in-depth look at Canada’s health system compared with
health systems in other OECD countries. An accompanying interactive web
display takes the analysis one step further, comparing results for Canada’s
provinces with those of OECD countries.
Using CIHI’s administrative data, this study examines the use of hospital services near the end of life by cancer
patients who died in acute care hospitals, highlighting variation in service use across provinces. It will add to
the existing body of research on end-of-life care for cancer patients and produce new, actionable knowledge
on provincial differences in quality of care at the end of life for cancer patients.
A picture of surgical care from 2007–2008 to 2009–2010 is provided in this report, based on
hospital and ambulatory care data that has been standardized by the Canadian Institute for
Health Information (CIHI) to allow for pan-Canadian analyses. Important information on stage
of disease, a critical determinant of treatment, was not available for these analyses; however,
general trends in breast-conserving surgery (BCS) and mastectomy, surgical re-excisions,
reconstructive surgery and complications of surgery are provided. In addition, information on
how care was provided (either in hospital or as day surgery) is described. The results presented
include women with invasive breast cancer and those with a non-invasive form of the disease,
ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).
Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) is a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures, and to help physicians and patients make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.
Unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures do not add value to care. In fact, they take away from care by potentially exposing patients to harm, leading to more testing to investigate false positives and contributing to stress and avoidable costs for patients. And of course unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures put increased strain on the resources of our health care system.
The 3rd edition of The Canadian Rx Atlas breaks down retail spending on prescription drugs Canada, providing a detailed portrait of the factors driving spending trends over time and variations across provinces.
The Atlas gives a first-ever portrait of age- and sex-specific patterns of prescription drug use and costs across provinces. It also provides first-of-kind estimates of the source of financing for the prescriptions filled in every province.
Unique to the Canadian Rx Atlas, these details are not provided simply for all spending on prescription drugs; it also provides these details for each of 33 clinically and economically important therapeutic categories.
At NursingHomeRatings.ca we ask residents’ family members to rate the nursing home where their loved one is staying. You can read nursing homes’ average ratings on a series of questions, and read comments and opinions of the home. Read about, and compare, all the homes you are considering so that you can be confident about your decision.
Fightflu.ca is brought to you by your federal, provincial and territorial governments to help you and your family stay healthy and prevent the spread of the flu and other infectious diseases. Through this website, you can have access not only to general information related to influenza, but also to information and resources specific to your province or territory.
This pan-Canadian portal represents a unique approach by all levels of government to provide Canadians with a single source of credible information that will help them to protect themselves not only from seasonal flu, but also from a host of other infectious diseases, including pandemic influenza.
Within the portal, you will find general information about influenza and how it spreads, along with simple tips to prevent infection, such as:
Getting a flu shot;
Covering coughs and sneezes;
Keeping shared surfaces clean; and
Staying home when sick.