In recent years, CPHI has released several reports exploring social inequalities in health using an ABSM developed by the Institut national de sante publique du Quebec: L'indice de defavorisation.
Together, they discussed the methodological choices and challenges in ABSM development, examined how ABSMs are used in measuring and monitoring disparities in health and health service use and explored their potential for uptake and use.
With an increased understanding of ABSMs and their use in health utilization research, learners come away with a better understanding of how to target their approaches to health planning, promotion and prevention, and are better equipped to act to reduce disparities in their respective jurisdictions.
* The interpreting MD or a D ABSM must review the entire raw data recording for every patient having a sleep study.
* The quality assurance program must address inter-scorer reliability with the D ABSM based on epoch comparisons and at least three other quality assurance indicators.
This special issue of the Canadian Journal of Public Health focuses on the contemporary use of area-based socio-economic measures (ABSMs).
While much of this history may be largely unknown today, there is no doubt that considerable interest in ABSMs has arisen over the last two decades.
Used in this way, ABSMs serve as an operational compromise for individual-level characteristics, for which they serve as a proxy.
The resulting factor scores were the ABSM values used in subsequent analyses.
With the adoption of the DA by Statistics Canada in 2001, the inclusion of income as a direct measure of economic status in the ABSM was possible.
CPHI's sponsorship of this special issue of the Canadian Journal of Public Health--with its focus on area-based socio- economic measures --aims to promote the discussion of the usefulness and limitations of ABSMs
among Canadian front-line planners and decision-makers, and to provide a means of comparing and contrasting different measures.