Alberta Diabetes Atlas 2011

The Alberta Diabetes Surveillance System (ADSS) was created in 2006 in partnership with Alberta Health and Wellness (AHW) and the Institute of Health Economics (IHE). The purpose of the ADSS is to provide information about diabetes within the province of Alberta. This information includes the incidence, prevalence and use of health care services for people with diabetes, along with information about their related comorbidities and complications.

Ongoing surveillance of diabetes through the ADSS will, over time, help to inform health professionals, primary care networks, regional health zones and AHW as to whether efforts to reduce the overall burden of diabetes are effective.

The first comprehensive report from the ADSS was the Alberta Diabetes Atlas 2007. It contained a broad perspective of the impact that diabetes has on Albertans and on the health care system. To enhance interpretability and usability, trends in diabetes and related conditions were presented over time (1995-2005), across ages and by geographic region. In 2007, nine Alberta health regions existed; however, in 2009, these health regions were combined to form five zones under one provincial health authority, Alberta Health Services (AHS). Geographically, the North zone encompasses the area of Peace Country, Northern Lights and Aspen health regions; Central zone encompasses David Thompson and East Central health regions; and South zone encompasses Chinook and Palliser health regions. The areas for the Calgary and Capital Health regions stayed the same except for renaming them the Calgary and Edmonton zones, respectively. These five zones are still in effect today and are reflected on the provincial map (Figure 1.1) with white lines. The dark lines represent the nine former health regions from before 2009. Information contained in the previous 2009 Atlas and the current Alberta Diabetes Atlas 2011 is summarized at the provincial and zone level.

The Alberta Diabetes Atlas 2011 is a standalone report, and trend data should not be directly compared with the previous two editions (2007 and 2009) of the Alberta Diabetes Atlas. The numbers and figures will be similar, but direct comparisons cannot be made due to methodological differences in case definitions and revisions to AHW’s historical data.

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Publication Type: Books

Year of Publication: 2011

Topics: Diabetes, Surveillance

ISBN (print): 978-1-897443-95-8

ISBN (online): 978-1-897443-96-5