Connecting with Canadians

Research Report:

The Health Field Concept Then and Now: Snapshots of Canada

by Susan Goldberg, Philip Groff

One of the key markers of change in the perception of health care in the 1970s was the Lalonde Report, A New Perspective on the Health of Canadians.  The Report marked the shift from a medical focus to an examination of determinants in four, health "fields": lifestyle, health care organization, human biology and the environment.  In order to analyse how new ideas about health have come to shape health policy, the purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast health data today with the data that existed at the time the Lalonde Report was prepared.  The snapshots presented here provide an interesting insight into how much some things have changed and how others have not.

Release Date: 29 Sep 2000
Number of pages: 38
Document number: 18420