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

October 2015

Oral contraceptive use among women aged 15 to 49: Results from the Canadian Health Measures Survey

by Michelle Rotermann, Sheila Dunn and Amanda Black

Oral contraceptives (OCs) have been available in Canada for more than 50 years and are the most commonly used method of reversible contraception. They are also among the medications most frequently used by Canadian women, three-quarters of whom take OCs at some point in their lives. OCs include combined hormonal contraceptive pills, which contain both estrogen and a progestin, and progestin-only pills.

All-cause and circulatory disease-related hospitalization, by generation status: Evidence from linked data

by Edward Ng, Claudia Sanmartin, Jack V. Tu and Douglas G. Manuel

Since the 1970s, the origins of immigrants to Canada have shifted toward non-European sources, such as India and China. As a result, 8% of the total population self-identify as South Asian or Chinese, a percentage that is projected to reach about 15% by 2031. Canada’s changing ethnic make-up and its long-run impact on subsequent generations can have implications for health care.

Linking 2006 Census and hospital data in Canada

by Michelle Rotermann, Claudia Sanmartin, Richard Trudeau and Hélène St-Jean

Record linkage, the process of matching records across or within databases, is commonly used in health research to fill data gaps and create a dataset with broad applications. Most health-related linkages in Canada have relied on health insurance numbers (HINs) from provincial health registries, which are unique to individuals. However, HINs are not available in most databases (for instance, mortality, census, tax), and access to provincial registries is limited

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