Inuit Health Survey: Health in Transition and Resiliency, 2007-2008

The Inuit Health Survey represents a cross-sectional study design. Data collection is 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 visited 4 communities in Inuvialuit, 6 in Nunavut, and 5 communities in Nunatsiavut in 2008. The research uses 4 separate crews, 3 land-based teams and 1 ship-based team. The land teams visit the hamlets prior to the ship's arrival. Households are randomly selected from municipal household lists where there is at least one Inuk adult residing. The land-based teams recruit the adults and conduct face-to-face interviews prior to their ship appointment. On the ship nurses take fasting blood samples, administer a glucose tolerance test, take blood pressure and pulse, measure height, sitting height, waist circumference and % body fat, and toenail clippings. Men and women over 40 years wear a holter monitor for 2 hours to assess heart rate and have the carotid intima-media thickness assessed using a portable non invasive ultrasound technique. Women also have their bone mineral density measured using a low dose x-ray of the forearm and heel. Participants will also answer questionnaires about general health, dental health, tobacco use, nutritional habits and physical activity and a questionnaire about social support, wellness and copincoping mechanisms, alcohol and drug use, and life experiences such as violence, abuse and suicide.

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Creator Dr. Grace Egeland and steering committee members; Dr. Grace Egeland; Diane McGlade; Guylaine Charbonneau; Helga Saudny-Unterberger; Ingrid Tensen; Line Roy; Markus Wilcke; Suzanne Bruneau
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 grace.egeland(at); pdc(at)
Language English
Format Computer file
Discipline Environmental Research
Spatial Coverage (-94.000W, 56.000S, -67.000E, 76.000N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2007-08-17T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2008-11-02T00:00:00Z