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Patterns of Healthcare in Ontario: ICES Practice Atlas. 1st Edition


In the early 1990s, Ontario’s healthcare system began to face an affordability crisis compounded by an information crisis. The central issue was to find a way to do as well, or better, with less. However, to develop proactive policies, providers, managers, planners and policymakers need information about both ideal and actual practices. Existing information systems were geared to services funding, hospital discharges and insurance claims, rather than planning and management.

This inaugural research atlas marked the first attempt at comprehensive compilation of health indicators, processes of care, utilization patterns and resource consequences to enable improvements in healthcare delivery.

This research atlas is not available in electronic form and is out of print. Reference copies may be available through a health science/medical library.



Naylor CD, Anderson GM, Goel V, editors. June 1994