Canadian Health Measures Survey: clinic operations and logistics

Health Rep. 2007;18 Suppl:53-70.


The Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) is conducted in two parts: a household interview and a visit to a mobile clinic. At 15 sites across Canada, the CHMS uses two trailers to collect physical measures on a sample of about 5,000 Canadians. The trailers contain clinic rooms outfitted with physical measures testing equipment; an administration area; and a fully functioning laboratory. The field team consists of 11 household interviewers and 20 clinic staff. At each site, about 350 respondents visit the clinic over a five- to six-week period. At the clinic, respondents participate in all tests for which they are eligible, including blood pressure, anthropometry, spirometry, a blood draw, a urine sample, tests of physical fitness, and an oral health examination. Respondents who are unable to visit the clinic may perform some of the tests in their home.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Blood Chemical Analysis
  • Canada
  • Child
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys / methods*
  • House Calls
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mobile Health Units / organization & administration*
  • Physical Examination / methods
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Specimen Handling
  • Urinalysis