Recension et synthèse critique des enquêtes sociales et de santé, 1995-2005

Recension et synthèse critique des enquêtes sociales et de santé, 1995-2005

This report provides a critical review and summary of 203 health surveys conducted between 1995 and 2005 in six countries: Canada, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the surveys of major international agencies. It highlights the surveys carried out in Québec. General cross-sectional surveys, thematic cross-sectional surveys and longitudinal surveys are presented by type of population targeted or by theme. Each country has at least one general survey of its population and almost all of them have several longitudinal surveys. An analysis of survey methods and strategies makes it possible to show the trends in that field and the transfer potential for Québec of experiments in countries recognized for their statistical activity. Overall, Canada, like Québec, compares favourably to the other counties given its population size. This information can be used in planning surveys on the status of population health and its determinants. Researchers in Canada and elsewhere may also find it useful.