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A Canadian peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research

February 2014

Unintentional injury hospitalizations and socio-economic status in areas with a high percentage of First Nations identity residents

by Evelyne Bougie, Philippe Finès, Lisa N. Oliver and Dafna E. Kohen

Injuries are a leading cause of death among the First Nations population in Canada and have been identified as a serious public health issue in terms of health care costs and diminished quality of life.

Estimating relative survival for cancer: An analysis of bias introduced by outdated life tables

by Larry F. Ellison

The relative survival ratio (RSR) is the preferred measure for evaluating and comparing survival in population-based cancer studies. It is defined as the ratio of the observed survival in a group of people diagnosed with cancer to the expected survival of a comparable group of people—free from the cancer under study—in the general population.1 In practice, expected survival is typically estimated from general population life tables.

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