CMAJ Open 2021 Apr-Jun;9(2):E491-E499. Epub 2021 May 14.
ICES Western (Shariff, Dixon, Garg, Clemens); Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing (Shariff), Western University; Lawson Health Research Institute (Shariff, Garg, Clemens), London, Ont.; ICES Central (Paterson), Toronto, Ont.; Department of Family Medicine (Paterson), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont.; Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (Paterson), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.; Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Dixon, Garg), Western University, London, Ont.; Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Dixon), University of Guelph, Guelph, Ont.; Department of Medicine (Garg, Clemens), Western University; St. Joseph's Health Care London (Clemens), London, Ont.
Background: Older Canadians frequently migrate to warmer destinations for the winter season (snowbirds). Our aim was to examine the prevalence of migration to warmer destinations among Ontarians, and to compare the characteristics and use of health care services of snowbirds to those of older Ontarians who did not migrate for the winter.
Methods: We conducted a population-based analysis using health administrative databases from Ontario. Read More