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Term: Area-Based Socio-economic Measure (ABSM)

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Last Updated: 2015-03-17


An Area-Based Socio-economic Measure (ABSM) is a socio-economic measure based on economic and/or social data from the Canadian Census for a specific geographic area (e.g.: dissemination area (DA)). Four specific ABSMs have been developed by MCHP, including: average household income, the material deprivation and social deprivation indices, and the Socioeconomic Factor Index - version 2 (SEFI-2). Using these measures, the degree of association between the ABSMs and specific health measures (e.g.: premature mortality rate (PMR), potential years of life lost (PYLL), life expectancy and self-rated health) can be evaluated.

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  • Chateau D, Metge C, Prior H, Soodeen RA. Learning from the census: The socio-economic factor index (SEFI) and health outcomes in Manitoba. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2012;103(Suppl 2):S23-S27. [Abstract] [Report] (View)

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