MHLU - Health Status Resource

Figure 2.34: Ratio of Age-Standardized Hospitalization Rates Between Low- and High-Socio-Economic Status Groups

in 15 Canadian Census Metropolitan Areas * 

CPHI analysis of 2003 - 2004 to 2005 - 2006 Discharge Abstract Database and National Trauma Registry data, Canadian Institute for Health Information.
*Reproduced with permission from Canadian Institute for Health Information, Jan 2012 from the publication entitled Reducing Gaps in Health: A Focus on Socio-Economic Status in Urban Canada 2008.
  • In the London Census Metropolitan Area (CMA), the group with the lowest socioeconomic status (SES) had 4.7 times the rate of hospitalizations for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than the group with the highest SES.  Those with the lowest SES also had higher rates of anxiety disorders (4.5 times higher), substance-related disorders (4.2 times higher), diabetes (3.5 times higher) and ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSC) (3.5 times higher) than the group with the highest SES. 
  • The gap of 4.7 for COPD hospitalization rates in the London CMA was the highest of all 15 CMAs studied.