Health Reports, October 2012

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The October 2012 online issue of Health Reports, released today, contains three articles.

The first article, "Seeking medical help to conceive," determines the number and characteristics of couples who seek medical help for conception, and identifies the medical interventions and/or techniques they used. Based on data from the infertility component of the 2009/2010 Canadian Community Health Survey, this study estimated the prevalence of help-seeking among couples trying to get pregnant. The association between seeking help and the couples' socio-demographic characteristics was examined, as were the methods they used to try to achieve pregnancy.

For more information on this article, contact Tracey Bushnik (613-951-2301;, Health Analysis Division.

The second article, "Social participation and the health and well-being of Canadian seniors," examines the relationship between the number of social activities in which seniors "frequently" participate and three measures of health and well-being: self-perceived health, loneliness, and life dissatisfaction. The extent to which social support mediates the effect of social participation on health and well-being is considered. In addition, for the first time in a nationally representative Canadian study, reported barriers to greater social participation are examined. The data for this analysis are from the 2008/2009 Canadian Community Health Survey ― Healthy Aging.

For more information on this article, contact Heather Gilmour (613-951-2114;, Health Analysis Division.

The third article, "The difference in hypertension control between older men and women," uses data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey, which includes measures of blood pressure, anthropometry and biochemical parameters, and information on diagnosed chronic diseases, health-related behaviours and risk conditions and medication use, to explore the disparity in hypertension control between men and women aged 60 to 79.

For more information on this article, contact Didier Garriguet (613-951-7187;, Health Analysis Division.

The October 2012 online issue of Health Reports, Vol. 23, no. 4 (Catalogue number82-003-X, free), is now available from the Key resource module of our website under Publications.

For more information, contact Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 613-951-8116;

For information about Health Reports, contact Janice Felman (613-951-6446;, Health Analysis Division.