ERIC Number: EJ720214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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Regional Variation in Home Care Use in Manitoba
Peterson, Sandra; Shapiro, Evelyn; Roos, Noralou P.
Canadian Journal on Aging, v24 suppl 1 p69-80 2005
Previous studies report geographic variation in the use of home care services. In the province of Manitoba, home care is a core service that Manitoba's twelve regional health authorities (RHAs) are obligated to deliver. Manitoba's RHAs range from remote northern and rural southern regions to a major city, resulting in different challenges for delivering home care. Given this potential for inconsistent delivery and the previous findings of regional variation in other settings, the objective of this study was to measure and assess variation in the use of home care across Manitoba's RHAs. We used data from the Provincial Home Care Program's client registry, other health care administrative databases, and Vital Statistics. Home care use was measured using multiple indicators, including rates of population use, use after hospitalization, before entry to a long-term care facility, and before death. While some important differences emerged, overall we found comparable use of home care across Manitoba.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Health Services, Home Programs, Geographic Regions, Regional Characteristics, Differences, Comparative Analysis, Access to Health Care
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Identifiers - Location: Canada