Building Momentum in Using Avoidable Mortality Indicators in Canada

Over the past three decades, Canada has made substantial progress in reducing the national rate of 'avoidable' deaths – those that could potentially have been avoided through disease prevention or healthcare services. Despite the progress made in this area, there are still variations in rates across the provinces, territories and various population groups. As well, the focus on reporting, monitoring and making decisions related to avoidable mortality rates has been primarily in the academic community. An issue brief and stakeholder dialogue are being undertaken to explore what is known about the limited use of the avoidable mortality indicator in Canada, and to consider approaches to support the use of the indicator. (Dialogue held February 15, 2013)