Self-Rated General Health
We measure progress towards long-term outcomes by tracking key indicators for the Peel community.
Why is this important?
- Self-rating one's general health has been proven to be a reliable and valid measure associated with wellness, mortality and morbidity.1
- Self-rated health is also often more effective than clinical measures for predicting help-seeking behaviours and health service use.2
- General health determines the health services that people should have available to them.2
How is this measured?
- We use the Canadian Community Health Survey, which is repeated every two years.
- A representative sample of people across Canada is asked, "In general, would you say your health is: excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?"
What progress are we making?
- Between 2000 and 2014, the percentage of Peel residents who rate their health as "Good" or better has remained stable, ranging from 87.4% to 90.3%.
- People between the ages of 12 and 44 years old, who are recent immigrants and non-immigrants, are more likely to say their health is "Good" or "Better" than long-term immigrants.3
1 Statistics Canada. Perceived Health [Internet]. Ottawa, Ontario. Statistics Canada [updated September 28, 2016]. Available from: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-229-x/2009001/status/phx-eng.htm
3 Peel Public Health. Self-Rated General Health [Internet]. Mississauga, Ontario. Peel Public Health [updated March 8, 2016]. Available from: http://www.peelregion.ca/health/statusdata/GeneralHealth/general-health.asp