Special Reports

Provincial Health Officer reports on specific health topics that may interest British Columbians or require changes in legislation in accordance with the Health Act.
 

First Nations Health and Well-being: Interim Update (November 2015) (PDF, 1MB)

This report provides a third interim update on progress made to close the gaps in health between First Nations and other British Columbians, in accordance with targets and indicators set out in the Transformative Change Accord: Tripartite First Nations Health Plan.

 

 

BC Opioid Substitution Treatment System: Performance Measures (2013/2014) (PDF, 430KB)

This report presents information on key components of BC's Opioid Substitution Treatment System, and responds to a recommendation in the Centre for Addictions Research of BC 2010 report Methadone Maintenance Treatment in British Columbia, 1996-2008 (PDF, 750KB), to report regularly on the province's Opioid Substitution Treatment System. Opioid substitution treatment includes the medically-prescribed use of methadone and Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone formulation) for maintenance purposes.

 

Joint Special Report: Provincial Health Officer and Representative for Children and Youth: Growing Up in B.C. (June 2015) (PDF, 10MB)

Growing Up in B.C. – 2015 examines the question, "How are our children doing right now?" As a follow-up to the first Growing Up in B.C. (GUIBC) issued in 2010, the report documents the state of B.C.'s children and youth over six areas of well-being, with the voices of experts and youth prominent throughout.

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HIV Testing Guidelines for the Province of BC (August 2014) (PDF, 555KB)

Provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall has released new HIV testing guidelines for health-care providers in B.C. to encourage all British Columbian adults to get tested.

The guidelines - the first of their kind in Canada - build on B.C.'s aggressive fight against HIV/AIDS and recommend that HIV testing be part of the regular tests offered to adult patients. This will help more British Columbians infected with HIV be diagnosed earlier and get them the life-saving treatment they need.

 

Overview Guide - Child and Youth Health and Well-Being Indicators Project (2014) (PDF, 628KB)

 

Child and Youth Health and Well-Being Indicators Project: CIHI and B.C. PHO Joint Summary Report (February 2013) (PDF, 871KB)

This report presents the recommended suite of core indicators for an upcoming PHO report on the health and well-being of children and youth, and summarizes the activities undertaken to identify and select them.


 

Health, Crime, and Doing Time: Potential Impacts of the Safe Streets and Communities Act (Former Bill C-10) on the Health and Well-being of Aboriginal People in BC (March 2013) (PDF, 5.2MB)

This report describes relevant components of the new omnibus Safe Streets and Communities Act, and explores the potential impact of this Act on Aboriginal people in BC, including rates of incarceration of Aboriginal people, and the relationship between poor health and involvement in crime.

The Provincial Health Officer's presentation (PDF, 2.0MB) summarizes the report.

 

BC Opioid Substitution Treatment System: Performance Measures (2012/2013) (PDF, 676KB)

This report presents information on key components of BC's Opioid Substitution Treatment System, and responds to a recommendation in the Centre for Addictions Research of BC 2010 report Methadone Maintenance Treatment in British Columbia, 1996-2008 (PDF, 750KB), to report regularly on the province's Opioid Substitution Treatment System. Opioid substitution treatment includes the medically-prescribed use of methadone and Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone formulation) for maintenance purposes.

 

The Health and Well-being of the Aboriginal Population: Interim Update (October 2012) (PDF, 749KB)
This report provides an interim update on progress made to close the gaps in health between First Nations and other British Columbians, in accordance with targets and indicators set out in the Transformative Change Accord and Tripartite First Nations Health Plan.
 


 

BC Methadone Maintenance System: Performance Measures (2011/2012) (PDF, 2.0MB)
Technical Appendix (PDF, 1.3MB)
This report presents information on key components of BC's Methadone Maintenance System, and responds to a recommendation in the Centre for Addictions Research of BC 2010 report Methadone Maintenance Treatment in British Columbia, 1996-2008 (PDF, 751KB), to report regularly on the province's Methadone Maintenance System.

The Provincial Health Officer's presentation (PPTX, 805KB) summarizes the report.

 

Joint Special Report: Provincial Health Officer and Representative for Children and Youth: Growing Up in B.C. (October 2010) (PDF, 3.9MB)
This unique report takes a sweeping look at young lives across the province, using as wide a lens as possible to examine the state of British Columbia's children and youth.

 

Investing in Prevention: Improving Health and Creating Sustainability (September 2010) (PDF, 2.5MB)
This report focuses on the rationale for a strengthened provincial strategy for and investment in prevention, thus reducing the burden of disease on families and communities, the need for health care services, and the impact of disease, disability and premature death on the economy.

 

 

B.C.’s Response to the H1N1 Pandemic: A Summary Report (June 2010) (PDF, 1.9MB)
This report is a summary of the key events, tactics and lessons learned from B.C.’s response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

 

 

 

Listeria Outbreak: Review and Recommendations for Food Safety in Facilities* (August 2008) (PDF, 949KB)
In response to a Canada wide outbreak of listeriosis the Provincial Health Officer established the BC Food Safety in Facilities Advisory Group to review the issue of food safety for residents in Health Authority administered or licensed facilities, licensed child care facilities, and residences registered by the Assisted Living Registrar

*Health Authority administered or licensed facilities, licensed child care facilities, and residences registered by the Assisted Living Registrar.

 

Decreasing HIV Infections Among People who use Drugs by Injection in British Columbia: Potential explanation and recommendations for further action (PDF, 644KB)
This report is a summary of an examination of potential explanations for the observed decrease in new positive HIV tests in people who use drugs by injection in British Columbia.



 

Public Health Approach to Alcohol Policy: An Updated Report from the Provincial Health Officer (2008) (PDF, 1.6MB)
This report reviews in detail the levels and patterns of alcohol consumption, rates and trends of alcohol related health and social harms, the current cost-benefit profile of alcohol in B.C., and best practice policies for managing alcohol in society.

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The Health and Well-being of the Aboriginal Population - Interim Update (2007) (PDF, 322KB)
This report presents an interim update of selected health status indicators from the 2001 Provincial Health Officer's Annual Report.

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Joint Special Report: Provincial Health Officer and Representative for Children and Youth: Health and Well-being of Children in Care in British Columbia: Educational Experience and Outcomes (2007) (PDF, 1.4MB)
This report is the second in a planned series of four joint special reports on the health and well-being of children in care in British Columbia.

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Evaluation of the Impact of Making HIV a Reportable Infection in B.C. (2006) (PDF, 560KB)
Surveillance of HIV infections has been shown to enhance the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS. Prior to making HIV a reportable infection in B.C., the Provincial Health Officer undertook community consultations in B.C. to inform this decision.

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Joint Special Report: Health and Well-Being of Children in Care in British Columbia (2006) (PDF, 6.1MB)
This report is the first in a planned series arising from a joint initiative of the Child and Youth Officer and the Provincial Health Officer for B.C. The Joint Special Report aims at furthering our understanding of outcomes for children and youth in care by looking at and linking routinely collected data on their use of government-funded services over time.

Executive Summary (PDF, 273KB)

Table of Contents (PDF, 168KB)

Section 1: Introduction: A Joint Initiative (PDF, 236KB)

Section 2: The Data: Health Services Utilization and Mortality

Section 3: Reflections and Recommendations (PDF, 777KB)
A Review of the Mortality Experience of Children and Youth in Care: 1986 to 2005, British Columbia (PDF, 716KB)
An updated Technical Report of the Office of the Provincial Health Officer

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Prevention of Falls and Injuries Among the Elderly (2004) (PDF, 2.3MB)
This report examines the impact of falls and injuries on elderly individuals, their families, and society.

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An Ounce of Prevention: a Public Health Rationale for the School as a Setting for Health Promotion (2003) (PDF, 429KB)
This report reviews a strategy to ensure the school curriculum follows best practices, including physical activity and healthy nutrition in Grades 11 and 12.

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A Review of Infant Mortality in British Columbia: Opportunities for Prevention (2003) (PDF, 1.2MB)
This report focuses on internationally accepted indicators of child health - infant mortality and low birth weight rates (LBW).

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Provincial Health Officer's Report on HIV Reportability (2002) (PDF, 1.0MB)
This report examines the results of a detailed review and a community consultation process, and makes recommendations on HIV reportability in the province.

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Public Health Approach to Alcohol Policy: A Report of the Provincial Health Officer (2002) (PDF, 113KB)
This review was prompted by recent changes to the rules and regulations governing the sale of alcohol products in B.C.: a liquor reform strategy announced in March 2002 will increase the availability of alcohol.

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Children and Youth in Care: An Epidemiological Review of Mortality, British Columbia, April 1974 to March 2000 (2001) (PDF, 725KB)
This report provides a long-term analysis of the health status of a particularly vulnerable group of children - children and youth in government care.

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Health Status of Children and Youth in Care in British Columbia: What do the Mortality Data Show (2001) (PDF, 336KB)
This report presents death-related trends and patterns among children and youth in government care. It also provides facts about the leading causes of death and strategies for prevention.

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Antimicrobial Resistance: A Recommended Action Plan for BC (2000)
(PDF, 212KB)
This report provides a framework for a B.C. action plan on antimicrobial resistance and summarizes input from a broadly based and interdisciplinary group of experts and stakeholders, including a multi-sectoral provincial steering committee.

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HIV, Hepatitis, and Injection Drug Use in British Columbia Pay Now or Pay Later? (1998) (PDF, 373KB)
This report examines progress to address the epidemic of death and disease resulting from injection drug use in B.C. and recommends actions to pursue provincial goals and objectives related to illicit drugs.

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