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New Resource--POWER Study (Project for an Ontario Women's Health Evidence-based Report) Older Women’s Health Report

The POWER Study (Project for an Ontario Women's Health Evidence-based Report) Older Women’s Health Report 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 Older Women’s Health Report examines the health of older women in Ontario and the quality of care that they receive, including differences by gender, age, socioeconomic status, and geography. In this report, we have re-examined and synthesized a selection of indicators reported in previous POWER Study chapters to paint a picture of the overall health of older women and men and how care is currently being provided to them. We also include new indicators related to two particularly important settings of care for aging Ontarians: home care and long-term care.

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 report or the highlights document (which outlines the report’s key findings and messages) visit

The Older Women’s Health Report Highlights document is also available in French:

Earlier chapters are 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), HIV Infection (Ch 11).

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