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

February 2015

Stillbirth and infant mortality in Aboriginal communities in Quebec

by Nicolas L. Gilbert, Nathalie Auger and Michael Tjepkema

Several studies have shown that infant mortality and stillbirth rates are higher among First Nations and Inuit people than in the rest of the Canadian population. In these studies, Aboriginal people were identified on the basis of residence in an area with a large percentage of Aboriginal people, census data, self-identification on birth records (British Columbia), or mother tongue of the mother (Quebec).

Developing a non-categorical measure of child health using administrative data

by Rubab G. Arim, Dafna E. Kohen, Jamie C. Brehaut, Anne Guèvremont, Rochelle E. Garner, Anton R. Miller, Kimberlyn McGrail, Marni Brownell, Lucy M. Lach and Peter L. Rosenbaum

The increasing availability of provincial and national linked data has created opportunities to conduct health research using administrative information. Studies of children that used such data have largely focused on health service utilization or on the prevalence of specific conditions. However, categorical approaches based on specific conditions do not include the large numbers of rare conditions that have similar consequences, nor do they include children with undiagnosed conditions. Moreover, policies, programs, and interventions generally do not target specific conditions.

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