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Health Rep. 2014 Feb;25(2):3-12.

Unintentional injury hospitalizations and socio-economic status in areas with a high percentage of First Nations identity residents.

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  • 1Health Analysis Division, Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Canada.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Few national studies of hospitalizations due to injuries among the First Nations population have been conducted.

DATA AND METHODS:

Based on 2004/2005 to 2009/2010 data from the Discharge Abstract Database, this study examines associations between unintentional injury hospitalizations, socio-economic status and location relative to an urban core in Dissemination Areas (DAs) with a high percentage of First Nations identity residents versus a low percentage of Aboriginal identity residents.

RESULTS:

Unintentional injury hospitalization rates were higher in the less affluent and the most remote DAs. When DAs with the same socio-economic status and location were compared, the risk of hospitalizations was greater in high-percentage First Nations identity DAs relative to low-percentage Aboriginal identity DAs.

INTERPRETATION:

Socio-economic conditions and remote location accounted for some, but not all, of the differences in unintentional injury hospitalizations between high-percentage First Nations identity and low-percentage Aboriginal identity DAs. This suggests that characteristics not measured in this analysis--such as environmental, behavioural or other factors--play an additional role in DA-level unintentional injury hospitalization risk.

KEYWORDS:

Aboriginal; hospital records; wounds

PMID:
24567245
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