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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Older Women's Health Report

On October 27, 2011, the POWER Study (Project for an Ontario Women's Health Evidence-Based Report), released the “Older Women’s Health Report”. The “Older Women’s Health Report” was created from the results of the larger study, published in two volumes, which will serve as an evidence-based tool for policy makers, providers, and consumers in their efforts to improve health and reduce health inequities among Ontario women. The study reports on the overall health of women and men in Ontario, their access to health care services, and how these are related to the social determinants of health and the leading causes of illness and death.

The following findings are discussed in more detail in the “Older Women’s Health Report”:
· Women are disproportionately represented in the older population, particularly among those who reside in long-term care and have unique needs.
· Older women were more likely than men to report disability and chronic pain.
· Much of the observed disability among older adults is due to chronic conditions.
· There were high rates of potentially avoidable hospital admissions for common chronic conditions (heart failure, COPD, diabetes) among older women and men. These rates increased with age and were highest among those aged 80 and older.
· Among those receiving home care, there are opportunities to improve care for both women and men.
· Among residents of long-term care, there were few gender differences on reported quality indicators after risk-adjustment.
· We need to prepare the diverse health care workforce to meet the needs of the aging population

Both the full “Older Women’s Report” and the Highlights document can be downloaded from:

Citation for the report: Rochon PA, Bronskill SE, Gruneir A, Liu B, Johns A, Lo AT, Bierman AS. Older Women's Health In: Bierman AS, editor. Project for an Ontario Women's Health Evidence-Based Report: Toronto; 2011.

1 comment:

ananursinguk said...

Good to read. I have been a primary caregiver for my husband for 4 years now and I can see the writing on the wall. I stay in a state of panic about a decision I do not want to make. He is only 66.

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