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A regional comparison of socioeconomic and health indices in a Canadian province


  • Frohlich, Norman
  • Mustard, Cam


In most jurisdictions, information on socioeconomic attributes of geographic areas is readily available. As well, limited measures of health, such as mortality rates or indicators derived from health service use, are also routinely collected for geographically defined populations. In this paper we present a methodology for selecting and combining measures of area socioeconomic characteristics to produce a composite index which is relevant for health-related research. The performance of this composite index in this setting was consistent with deprivation indices developed in the United Kingdom, and showed strong associations with measures of population health status and health service utilization.

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  • Frohlich, Norman & Mustard, Cam, 1996. "A regional comparison of socioeconomic and health indices in a Canadian province," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 42(9), pages 1273-1281, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:42:y:1996:i:9:p:1273-1281

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    4. Steven Prus, 2007. "Age, SES, and Health: A Population Level Analysis of Health Inequalities over the Life Course," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 181, McMaster University.
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