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Now Available--The POWER Study Diabetes Chapter

The POWER Study (Project for an Ontario Women's Health Evidence-based Report) Diabetes chapter is now available for download.

Using a community-engaged research model and integrated KT approach, the POWER Study is examining a comprehensive set of evidence-based indicators bridging population health and health system performance. The Women's Health Equity Report is serving as an evidence-based tool for policy makers, providers and consumers in their efforts to improve health and reduce health inequities in Ontario. POWER is examining gender differences in access to care, as well as quality and outcomes of care for the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the province and how they differ by gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and geography.

The POWER Study Diabetes chapter provides critical information on patterns of disparities in diabetes care in Ontario that can be used to target interventions. The dramatic increase in the number of people with diabetes along with the complex clinical management of diabetes and associated complications make it one of the most costly and burdensome chronic diseases of our time. A greater understanding of potential disparities in prevalence, quality of care, and outcomes is necessary in order to better target resources and interventions to where they are most needed. The Diabetes chapter examines indicators of diabetes prevalence; comorbidity; self-rated health and disability; health behaviours; access to primary and specialty care; monitoring of and screening for diabetes control and complications; use of medications; care and hospital admissions for hyper/hypoglycemia, infections, cardiac disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, kidney failure, and retinopathy; prenatal care, obstetrical complications, and fetal outcomes. We examine how these indicators differ among men and women by, income, education, age, and region.

To download a copy of the full chapter or the highlights document (which outlines the chapter's key findings and messages):

The Diabetes Chapter Highlights document is also available in French:

Also available for download from Introduction to the POWER Study (Ch 1); The POWER Study Framework (Ch 2); Burden of Illness (Ch 3); Cancer (Ch 4); Depression (Ch 5), Cardiovascular Disease (Ch 6), Access to Health Care Services (Ch 7), Musculoskeletal Conditions (Ch 8).

Additional volume 2 chapters, including Reproductive Health and HIV, are forthcoming.

The POWER Study is funded by Echo: Improving Women's Health in Ontario, an agency of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This report does not necessarily reflect the views of Echo or the Ministry. We welcome your thoughts and feedback on the Report.