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Social disparities in the risk of potentially avoidable hospitalization for diabetes mellitus: An analysis with linked census and hospital data

Author: Neeru Gupta, Dan Lawson Crouse
Year: 2019
Category: Health Publications

Read the journal article in Canadian Studies in Population 

There is an increasing recognition of the value of linked administrative data sets for applied demographic and health research. We use a prospective population-based cohort approach to take advantage of the 2006 Canadian Census data linked to 3 years of hospital records in order to investigate the social determinants of diabetes hospitalizations. We offer compelling evidence of the social gradient in health, with results highlighting decreasing risk of potentially avoidable hospitalization associated with increasing household income. We also found consistently higher risks of hospitalization and 6-month rehospitalization among persons of Aboriginal identity, after controlling for many individual and community-level factors.