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Department of Family and Community Medicine and St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team

Sociodemographic data collection

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Sociodemographic factors such as income, education, ethnicity, language, and gender impact one’s health, in part, by influencing access to and experience within health services.

In 2012, the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team started collecting sociodemographic data from patients through self-administered surveys that in the clinic waiting rooms. Our goal is to be able to identify and address health inequities within among the patient populations we serve.

This work is part of a larger initiative, through the Toronto Central Local Integration Network. For more information, visit http://torontohealthequity.ca.


Lofters AK, Schuler M, Baxter NN, Persaud N, Pinto AD, Kucharski E, Davie S, Nisenbaum R, Kiran T. Using self-reported data on the social determinants of health in primary care to identify cancer screening disparities: opportunities and challenges. BMC Family Practice 2017; 18:31.

Pinto A, Glattstein-Young G, Mohamed A, Bloch G, Leung F-H, Glazier R. Building a foundation to reduce health inequities: routine collection of sociodemographic data in primary care. J Am Board Fam Med 2016; 29(3): 348-355.