A new report suggests health inequalities related to higher rates of death and mental disorders have persisted in Saskatchewan for more than a decade.
These inequalities are preventable differences in health status experienced by certain groups in the province.
“In most cases, these inequalities are getting worse or not improving, despite ongoing work on closing the gap by the health system and intersectoral planners,” said study lead author, Dr. Cory Neudorf in a news release Wednesday.
The report is based on findings of an equity study conducted by University of Saskatchewan researchers.
It details health inequalities experienced by Saskatchewan residents from 2001-2013.
The report focused on three measures including all-cause mortality, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and mental disorders. Data from a number of other conditions was also included.
It found gaps in educational attainment, employment and growing income inequality during the ten-year period.
Higher mortality rates were related to social markers such as income, education and social supports in Saskatchewan.
Higher rates of COPD and mental disorders were found in those people living in the most socioeconomically deprived areas of the province.
The report also highlights actions to be taken by the health sector to mitigate the impacts of deprivation, with examples of actions being taken in Saskatoon and other regions in Canada.