Posted November 01, 2020 08:50:46The National Aboriginal Health Check, a federal health assessment of indigenous peoples, was released today.
The study found indigenous peoples are in good health and are not suffering from any of the chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes.
The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which also reported on a survey of nearly 300 aboriginal people, as well as a survey conducted by the United Nations.
The national Aboriginal Oral health Check survey of more than 1,000 people, conducted between December 2019 and December 2020, was completed by researchers from the University of Victoria and the University Health Network.
The researchers found that aboriginal peoples were living in communities that have lower rates of obesity, diabetes and chronic conditions, compared to other groups in Canada.
“It’s a positive step forward in terms of progress, but it’s not the end of the story,” said Dr. John D. McGlone, the lead author of the report.
“We need to take steps to increase access to affordable, high quality health care in aboriginal communities, and this is a way to do that.”
Dr. Mcglone said the survey was conducted by Indigenous Health and Wellness Canada, and was designed to help Aboriginal people better understand their health status.
The findings show that more than half of all Aboriginal people live in communities with high rates of chronic conditions.
“The study highlights the need for health care providers and government officials to engage with Indigenous communities to help them better understand how health care and community wellness work in their communities,” McGlonors co-author Dr. Kristy Paine said in a statement.
“This work will help inform future health and social policy in Canada.”
The study also looked at a wide variety of health issues for Aboriginal people, from depression to obesity to diabetes and other chronic conditions affecting Aboriginal people.
“Aboriginal people are among the most vulnerable Canadians, and there is no way to avoid the impact of the current health care system,” said David Tkachuk, the chair of the Indigenous Health Action Group at the Royal Society of Canada.
The survey found that Aboriginal women were the most likely to be in chronic conditions compared to non-Aborige women.
“Indigenous women and their families have the highest rates of physical and mental health conditions, including high rates in mental health and anxiety disorders, and chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, obesity, depression and osteoarthritis,” the report reads.
“As a result, women of colour are the least likely to receive appropriate health care.”
The survey also found Aboriginal women are more likely to suffer from some of the same chronic conditions as their non-aboriginal counterparts.
“One in three Aboriginal women suffer from anxiety disorders or other psychological disorders,” the survey states.
“Aborigs are more than twice as likely as non-Indigenous people to experience depression or other anxiety disorders.”