The Power Study – Women’s Health Report

The POWER Study (Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-based Report) is producing a Women’s Health Report to serve as an evidence-based tool for policy makers, providers, and consumers in their efforts to improve health and reduce health inequities among Ontario women.

We are reporting on the overall health of women and men in Ontario, their access to health care services, and how these are related to the social determinants of health. POWER is examining the leading causes of illness and death, including cancer, heart disease, depression, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, and reproductive health.

The Burden of Illness chapter is now available.

The chapter reports on the Burden of Illness (overall health and well-being) experienced by Ontarians, and how it differs by sex, socioeconomic status, ethnicity and geography. By painting a picture of health inequities in the province, opportunities for improvement are identified and objective evidence is presented to inform priority setting and to provide a baseline from which to measure progress.

To download a copy, please visit our website at or go directly to Chapter 3 at

Chapters 1 and 2 of the report are also available for download.

Chapter 1, Introduction to the POWER Study provides an overview of Volume 1, outlining the health issues being addressed and the collaborative research model developed to produce the Report. Also included is a brief introduction to the development and use of indicators for improving health. Download Chapter 1 at

Chapter 2, The POWER Study Framework, describes the conceptual framework developed to provide context for the analyses and describes the indicator selection process used. Download Chapter 2 at

Chapters on Cancer, Depression and Cardiovascular Disease are forthcoming.

The POWER Study is funded by Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario, an agency of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This report does not necessarily reflect the views of Echo or the Ministry.