Provincial Health Indicators Work Group



Tuesday, July 7, 1998
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
North York Civic Centre
Committee Room #4

Present:  Mary-Anne Pietrusiak, Durham Regional Health Unit (Chair)
                Patrick Seliske, Waterloo Regional Community Health Department
                Julie Stratton, Perth District Health Unit
                Hyewon Lee-Han, Population Health Service, Public Health Branch
                Ian Johnson, Toronto Public Health, North York Office
                Jessie Wong, IPE Branch, Ministry of Health
                Carol Paul, IPE Branch, Ministry of Health
                Jo-Anne Peterson, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Health Unit
                Nam Bains, Health Information Partnership, Eastern Ontario Region

Others:   Anna Goral, Toronto Public Health, North York Office
                Jill Mallon, Toronto Public Health, North York Office

Corresponding Member: Dr. Vivek Goel, ICES

Regrets: Terry Delmore, Halton Regional Health Department
                Ruth Sanderson, Sudbury and District Health Unit
                Vic Sahai, Northern Health Information Partnership
                Doug Manuel, Federal Field Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health

1.0 Introduction

2.0 Provincial Health Status Update (Ian Johnson)

Currently, the provincial health status report is falling two to four weeks behind schedule because of hold-ups in data availability.

(Doug Manuel will also be consulted on the Life Expectancy calculation)

3.0 Behaviour and Health (Jessie Wong)

(See handout distributed by Jessie during the previous meeting)

Related derived variables will be provided next week by Jessie in order to clarify some operational definitions.


Recommendation: by age groups: 12-19, 20-44, 45-64, 65+


Physical Activity:

Nutrition (OHS 1990 only):

*Hyewon will investigate the Family Food Expenditure Survey from Stats Can

4.0 Final Report Format (Mary-Anne Pietrusiak)

It had been suggested that the final report includes:

Mary -Anne will prepare the suggested format for a draft indicator and she will e-mail it the members of the PHIWG. Once this format has been agreed upon, each member will prepare their indicators according to the prescribed format and e-mail it, in simple text (no tables) to Mary-Anne. Mary-Anne will put all the indicators together in a draft report that will be reviewed at the September 8th meeting. The draft will then be sent out to health units, DHCs, Public Health Branch at the Ministry, and Health Intelligence Units for comments.

5.0 Population (Julie Stratton)

(See handout distributed by Julie during the meeting)

5.0 Leading Causes of Mortality and Morbidity (Patrick Seliske)

(See handout distributed during the previous meeting)

Mortality and morbidity data can be handled at the same time as long as it is kept in general format. Leading causes of mortality and morbidity will be done by chapter heading, and only some significant diseases will be separated and put elsewhere in the framework. Suggested specific diseases will include:

Chronic Diseases (mortality and PYLL to be calculated for each item):

Hospital Separation Data

In addition to chronic disease listed above, morbidity data will include diabetes, (ICD9: 250) and pelvic inflammatory disease (ICD9: 614).
*Ian to provide ICD-9/RDIS codes for infectious diseases.

Standardization of Analysis of Mortality and Morbidity Data

The group decided that age and gender specific rates will be recommended. Standard indicator will be SMR for males and females.

Next meetings:
July 16, 1998
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
North York Civic Centre
Committee Room # 1

September 8, 1998
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
North York Civic Centre