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The POWER Study HIV Infection 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.

HIV prevention and care is complex and directly influenced by stigma, marginalization and the social determinants of health. The POWER Study HIV infection chapter reports on indicators related to HIV infection including sections on incidence, prevalence and risk behaviours; community services for HIV; clinical care and HIV outcomes. This chapter provides critical information on patterns of care for women and men in Ontario, and how they vary by socioeconomic, demographic, HIV exposure category and regional characteristics.

By painting a picture of inequities in health and health care in the province, opportunities for improvement are identified and objective evidence is presented to inform priority setting and to provide a baseline from which to measure progress.

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

The HIV Infection 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),
Diabetes (Ch 9),
Reproductive and Gynaecological Health (ch 10).

The final volume 2 data chapter, Populations at Risk is forthcoming along with a chapter on Conclusions and Policy Implications.

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.