Self-Rated Health

A Culturally-Relevant Perspective on This Issue Introduction Self-rated health is a measure of a person’s perception of his or her own health, measured on a five point scale of excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor [1]. Self-rated health includes a range of aspects of people’s health such as incipient disease, disease severity, pain and discomfort, social, […]

Suicide

A Culturally-Relevant Perspective on This Issue Introduction The suicide rate refers to the number of suicide deaths per 100,000 population, (age adjusted) [1]. Suicidal behaviours extend beyond suicide deaths to include suicide ideation (thoughts of suicide), as well as suicide attempts (suicidal behaviour not resulting in death). Suicide is a major problem among Aboriginal communities […]

Tobacco Use

A Culturally-Relevant Perspective on This Issue Introduction Tobacco has traditionally been used in many First Nations ceremonies, rituals, and medicines [1]. The traditional uses of tobacco are not problematic, however recreational use and misuse of tobacco is addictive, harmful, and has been associated with numerous health issues, such as lung cancer, heart diseases, and strokes [2]. […]

Violence

A Culturally-Relevant Perspective on This Issue Introduction Violence is defined as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation” [1]. Data from the […]