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March 20, 2024

Access to specialized health care services among older Canadians
by Md Kamrul Islam and Heather Gilmour

Canada is experiencing rapid population aging, which has a wide range of implications, including an increased need for health care services. However, very few studies have examined use of specialized health care services (e.g., visits to medical specialists, non-emergency tests, and surgeries) among older Canadians. Using data from the 2019/2020 Canadian Health Survey on Seniors, this study examines the prevalence of specialized health care service use and evaluates the association of predisposing factors, enabling resources, and need-related factors with specialized health care service use in the past 12 months among Canadians aged 65 or older.

Exploring the use of experimental small area estimates to examine the relationship between individual-level and area-level community belonging and self-rated health
by Sarah M. Mah, Mark Brown, Rachel C. Colley, Laura C. Rosella, Grant Schellenberg, Claudia Sanmartin

As the importance of subjective well-being to health continues to garner increasing attention from researchers and policy makers, community belonging has emerged as a potential population health target that has been linked to several self-rated measures of health and well-being in Canada. This study assessed novel area-level community belonging measures derived using small area estimation and examined associations with individual-level measures of community belonging and self-rated health.

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