Provincial Health Indicators Work Group


Friday, May 21, 1999

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
North Board Room, 4th Floor
North York Civic Centre

Present: Mary-Anne Pietrusiak, Durham Regional Health Unit (Chair)
Julie Stratton, Perth District Health Unit
Terry Delmore, Halton Regional Health Department
Patrick Seliske, Waterloo Regional Community Health Department
Carol Paul, IPE Branch, Ministry of Health
Jessie Wong, IPE Branch, Ministry of Health
Nam Bains, Health Information Partnership, Eastern Ontario Region (recorder)
Ruth Sanderson, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Health Unit
Vic Sahai, Northern Health Information Partnership
Hyewon Lee-Han, Population Health Service, Public Health Branch

: Enza Gucciardi, U. of T. MHSc. Practicum student

Corresponding Member: Dr. Vivek Goel, ICES

Regrets: Doug Manuel, Federal Field Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health


1.0 Status of the report

1.1 ICES Report

2.0 Presentations and Articles

    1. CPHA presentation

Mary-Anne is going to Winnipeg from June 7-9 to do a poster and 5 minute oral presentation on the indicators.

2.2 PHERO Article

Mary-Anne has revise and update the article she wrote some time ago. She’ll send out a final draft to everyone if anyone wants to comment.

2.3 OPHA Abstract

An abstract very similar to the one submitted for CPHA has been submitted to OPHA for the November, 1999 conference.


  1. Issues to Resolve

3.1 1996/97 OHS sharing file vs. NPHS public use

There is a greater number of respondents in the public use file, but there are a number of key variables that are not in the NPHS that are in the OHS, i.e., disability. Rather than make a specific recommendation as to which file people should use, the emphasis will be to be clear on what you’re using, and why you’re using it. People should use the file that is most appropriate for their need but must be sure to reference what they use. At the local level, most people will probably use the OHS (the sharing file), because they’ll be doing descriptive work. HELPS documentation (2.0) will provide a description of the two files, the differences between them, etc. The Introduction to the indicators will make it clear that where the 1996/97 OHS is mentioned in the document, it is referring to the sharing file.

    1. How to handle non-response in the OHS
    2. There will be no specific recommendation except that people should examine the non-response before they decide to exclude them. The decision will depend on the variable, the nature of the question, etc. Users should also be aware of this issue when they go to compare their results with other published data.

      3.3 Age groups for age-specific rates

      Since 5 year age groups would be difficult to do at the local level, the suggestion is to use the same age groupings that the provincial health status report used: <1, 1-9, 10-19, 20-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+.

      (* for standardizing rates, 5-year age groups will be recommended)


    3. Standardization Notes
    1. Standardization of OHS data
    1. Categorizations


  1. Next Steps
    1. Mechanism for Comment
    1. Resources for Electronic Version (Hyewon)

Talked about SRHIPs product: visual basic program that produces chart book pages, which takes the indicators to the next level. It would be nice to automate some of the production of indicators. Hyewon has set up an exploratory meeting with the HIUs to see if there is room to collaborate on such a project.


  2. Work through the Sections

Section 2: Population

Section 3a: Social Environment

Section 3b: Physical Environment

Section 4: Mortality & Morbidity

Section 5: Health-Related Quality of Life

Section 6ab: Chronic disease and Cancer Incidence and Early Detection of Cancer


Section 6c: Injury Prevention and Substance Abuse Prevention

Section 7: Health Behaviour



Physical activity


Section 8a: Sexual Health

Section 8b: Child and Adolescent Health

Section 9: Mental Health


Section 10: Infectious Diseases

Section 11: Use of Health Services and Medication

Next Meeting

The next meeting will not be arranged until comments on the draft have been provided.