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This CIHI Snapshot provides key information on inpatient hospitalizations, surgeries and childbirth indicators. Included are the top 10 reasons for hospitalizations and surgeries, data on in-hospital births, standardized hospitalization rates and average lengths of stay. 

Using information from CIHI’s High Users of Hospital Beds indicator, this report compares the characteristics and health care use of 2 groups of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): those who have been identified as high users of inpatient hospital care, and low/moderate users. It also describes the prevalence of COPD and the health care use of COPD high users across Alberta’s health zones.

Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) is a national clinician-led campaign that aims to reduce potentially unnecessary care by encouraging patient–provider conversations. CIHI and CWC are working together to quantify the number of unnecessary tests and procedures done every year in Canada, across 8 out of 200+ CWC recommendations.