Canadian community health survey--methodological overview

Health Rep. 2002;13(3):9-14.


Objectives: This article describes the design, sampling strategy, interviewing procedures, data collection and processing of the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).

Summary: Data collection for cycle 1.1 of the CCHS began in September 2000. This first cycle provides cross-sectional data at the regional level for 136 health regions; the first half of data collected for cycle 1.1 provides data for 133 health regions. In addition to the survey methods, this article reports the sample size and rates of proxy response and non-response for each province, for the first six months of cycle 1.1. A summary of methods used to impute values that were not provided by proxy respondents is provided. A discussion of survey errors and their sources follows.

MeSH terms

  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Geography
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Population Surveillance / methods*
  • Quality Control
  • Research Design
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Selection Bias