A Descriptive study of the Canadian population with schizophrenia
Authors: Jennifer T. Yelland
Background. Schizophrenia occurs throughout the world, with a prevalence thought to be approximately 1% of the population over the age of 18. In 2004, there were an estimated 234,305 people in Canada with Schizophrenia. Previous research has found that those with Schizophrenia have poor physical health compared to the general population. Health determinants and their use of health care services may also differ in people with Schizophrenia. Purpose. The main goal of this study was to describe certain health status indicators, health determinants, and health care service use among Canadian household residents with Schizophrenia. Methods. The Canadian Community Health Survey Cycle 3.1 Master file was analyzed. There was a total sample size of 132,947 with 405 who reported being diagnosed with schizophrenia. Results. Overall those with Schizophrenia had a poorer health status, more comorbid health conditions, a more problematic profile of determinants of health and more unmet health care needs than the general population. However, they were not less likely to have a regular family physician or to engage in a set of preventive activities.
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