Data Scope

CircHOB extracts relevant data from existing data sources managed by different groups and agencies in different countries, including:

  • National population registries, censuses and intercensal estimates
  • Vital statistics
  • Mortality/morbidity/health care utilization databases
  • National/regional health surveys
  • Statistical reports

CircHOB does NOT involve access to individual-level health records nor do any such records cross national borders. It involves the preparation of tables of aggregate data only. Most data are available from websites of national statistical agencies, health ministries, etc. Many but not all sites are available in English and language proficiency in all circumpolar languages [eg. Russian, Finnish, Icelandic] is essential. Some data require special tabulations produced by host agencies.

The following list contains the type of information currently collected. This list is under revision and will be expanded in the future.

  • Population: Size, age-sex distribution, density
  • Fertility: crud birth rate, secondary sex ratio, age-specific fertility rate, total fertility rate
  • Mortality: crude death rate, life expectancy at birth, infant mortality rate, age-standardized mortality rates by cause
  • Reproductive Outcomes: perinatal mortality rate
  • Disease Incidence: incidence of cancer by site, incidence of tuberculosisand gonorrhea
  • Socioeconomic Conditions: Gross Domestic Product, attainment of tertiary education, employment status
  • Health-Related Behaviours: smoking prevalence
  • Health Expenditures: per capita current health expenditures
  • Health Workforce: density of physicians, nurses and dentists
  • Health Facilities: availability of hospital beds