The Inuit Health Survey: Health in Transition and Resiliency

The Inuit Health Survey represents a cross-sectional study design. Data collection was performed with the assistance of an ice-breaker that is part of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship fleet. The ship visited 18 communities in the Eastern Arctic in 2007, and 4 communities in Inuvialuit, 6 in Nunavut, and 5 in Nunatsiavut in 2008. The research used 4 separate crews: 3 land-based teams and 1 ship-based team. The land teams visited the hamlets prior to the ship's arrival. Households were randomly selected from municipal household lists where there was at least one Inuk adult residing. The land-based teams recruited the adults and conducted face-to-face interviews prior to their ship appointment. On the ship nurses took fasting blood samples, administered a glucose tolerance test, took blood pressure and pulse, measured height, sitting height, waist circumference and % body fat, and toenail clippings. Men and women over 40 years wore a holter monitor for 2 hours to assess heart rate and had the carotid intima-media thickness assessed using a portable non invasive ultrasound technique. Women also had their bone mineral density measured using a low dose x-ray of the forearm and heel. Participants also answered questionnaires about general health, dental health, tobacco use, nutritional habits and physical activity and a questionnaire about social support, wellness and coping mechanisms, alcohol and drug use, and life experiences such as violence, abuse and suicide. The survey was designed to be compatible with a similar survey in Nunavik of Northern Québec in 2004 and with an ongoing health survey in Greenland. A total of 2,595 adults participated in the survey.

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Creator Grace Egeland; Eric Dewailly; Geraldine Osborne; Harriet V. Kuhnlein; Hope Weiler; Isaac Harry Sobol; Kue Young; Laura Arbour; Laurie H.M. Chan
Publisher Canadian Cryospheric Information Network
Contributor Polar Data Catalogue
Publication Year 2013
Rights Research programs, CCIN, or ArcticNet take no liability for the use or transmission of this data
OpenAccess true
Contact ipy_dacn(at); pdc(at)
Language English
Format Computer file
Discipline Environmental Research
Spatial Coverage (-135.008W, 54.175S, -58.493E, 76.417N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2007-08-17T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2008-11-02T00:00:00Z