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BMC Women's Health

Volume 4 Supplement 1

Women's Health Surveillance Report


Edited by Marie DesMeules, Donna Stewart, Arminée Kazanjian, Heather McLean, Jennifer Payne, Bilkis Vissandjée

The Women's Health Surveillance Report was funded by Health Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (Canadian Population Health Initiative) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Women's Health Surveillance Report.

A Multidimensional Look at the Health of Canadian Women

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  1. Content type: Report

    The discussion of health emphasizes the importance of analyses of social determinants of health. Social determinants permit the targeting of policies towards the social factors that impair or improve health. T...

    Authors: Vivienne Walters

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S2

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    Research on the relationship between women's social roles and mental health has been equivocal. Although a greater number of roles often protect mental health, certain combinations can lead to strain. Our stud...

    Authors: Heather Maclean, Keva Glynn and Donna Ansara

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S3

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    There are differences in health practices and self-rated health among different socio-demographic groups of women. The relationship between socio-demographic status and a) a range of health behaviours and b) a...

    Authors: Heather Maclean, Keva Glynn, Zhenyuan Cao and Donna Ansara

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S4

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    Body weight is of physical and psychological importance to Canadian women; it is associated with health status, physical activity, body image, and self-esteem. Although the problems associated with overweight ...

    Authors: Marion P Olmsted and Traci McFarlane

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S5

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    Overweight and obesity have been recognized as major public health concern in Canada and throughout the world. Lack of physical activity, through its impact on energy balance, has been identified as an importa...

    Authors: Shirley Bryan and Peter Walsh

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S6

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    Smoking among Canadian women is a serious public health issue. Using the 1998–99 National Population Health Survey, this study examined underlying factors contributing to differences in prevalence of smoking a...

    Authors: Susan Kirkland, Lorraine Greaves and Pratima Devichand

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S7

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    Differences exist in the prevalence and physical health impacts of problem substance use among men and women. These differences are also found in the mental health and trauma events related to substance use, b...

    Authors: Renée A Cormier, Colleen Anne Dell and Nancy Poole

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S8

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    The sex differences in mortality, life expectancy, and, to a lesser extent, health expectancy, are well recognized in Canada and internationally. However, the factors explaining these differences between women...

    Authors: Marie DesMeules, Douglas Manuel and Robert Cho

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S9

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    Women are more frequently affected by chronic conditions and disability than men. Although some of these sex differences have been in part attributed to biological susceptibility, social determinants of health...

    Authors: Marie DesMeules, Linda Turner and Robert Cho

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S10

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    Total fertility rates (TFRs) have decreased worldwide. The Canadian fertility rate has gone from 3.90 per woman in 1960 to 1.49 in 2000. However, not many studies have examined the impact on women's health of ...

    Authors: Jennifer Payne

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S11

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    Although lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for Canadian women, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed. About 5400 women are expected to die from this disease in 2003. In 1998, a woman's...

    Authors: Heather Bryant

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S12

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    Cervical cancer is one of the most common malignant diseases of women; it is diagnosed in almost half a million women every year and half as many die from it annually. In Canada and other industrialized countr...

    Authors: Eliane Duarte-Franco and Eduardo L Franco

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S13

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    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in Canadian women and men. In general, women present with a wider range of symptoms, are more likely to delay seeking medial care and are less likely ...

    Authors: Sherry L Grace, Rick Fry, Angela Cheung and Donna E Stewart

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S15

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    Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic health condition affecting 4.8% of Canadian adults ≥ 20 years of age. The prevalence increases with age. According to the National Diabetes Surveillance System (NDSS) (1998–...

    Authors: Catherine Kelly and Gillian L Booth

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S16

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    Chronic pain is a major health problem associated with significant costs to both afflicted individuals and society as a whole. These costs seem to be disproportionately borne by women, who generally have highe...

    Authors: Marta Meana, Robert Cho and Marie DesMeules

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S17

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    Arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in Canada and a leading cause of long-term disability, pain, and increased health care utilization. It is also a far more prevalent condition among wom...

    Authors: Elizabeth M Badley and Naomi M Kasman

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S18

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    Depression causes significant distress or impairment in physical, social, occupational and other key areas of functioning. Women are approximately twice as likely as men to experience depression. Psychosocial ...

    Authors: Donna E Stewart, Enza Gucciardi and Sherry L Grace

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S19

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    Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease (AD) increases exponentially with age from the age of 65. The number of people with dementia will increase significantly over the next three decades as the population ag...

    Authors: Joan Lindsay and Lori Anderson

    Citation: BMC Women's Health 2004 4(Suppl 1):S20

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