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Health Services and Policy




A Profile of the North Simcoe Muskoka Region and Implications for Health Services Planning
R.W. Pong, J.C. Hogenbirk, S.M. MacPherson*, and D. Heng*

CRaNHR researchers developed a population health profile of the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network region and discussed what the health profile meant from the perspective of health services planning. This profile described the health status of the region's residents and provided baseline data with which future changes can be compared. The health status and health service utilization indicators used in this report were based on secondary data from a variety of sources. The indicators were categorized as: sociodemographic characteristics, self-reported health status, morbidity and mortality, prevalence of selected chronic health conditions, health behaviours and practices, and health services utilization (including preventive care). In addition, the report discussed several special issues such as health care implications of population aging and health services utilization by seasonal or tourist populations. The research was intended to support regional health services planning.

(commissioned by North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network)



(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff. Names with an * denote former CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)