IESOP: Independence and Economic Security of the Older Population

Abstract of Research Paper No. 15
Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Health Care Utilization for Injuries Among Canadian Seniors: An Analysis of 1994 National Population Health Survey
by Parminder Raina, Steven Dukeshire, Larry Chambers, Donna Toivonen, and Joan Lindsay

Despite the impact injuries have on hospitalization and mortality, relatively little research has been conducted examining injuries among seniors that do not require hospitalizations. Additionally, there is a paucity of research on the utilization of health care resources, other than hospitals, by injured older adults. The objective of this study is to examine the prevalence and characteristics of injuries not captured by the hospitalization and mortality data, risk factors associated with such injuries, and health care utilization among Canadian seniors using Statistics Canada's National Population Health Survey (1994).

Specifically, this report has the following objectives:

  1. To examine the prevalence of injuries among 55-64 year olds and seniors (65+).
  2. To identify the causes, types, and locations of injuries.
  3. To identify risk factors of injuries.
  4. To compare health care use between injured and noninjured people.

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