I recently sent the following email to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI):
"I understand from your website that the next release [of the Therapeutic Abortions Data] was supposed to be: 2009 (hospital data – spring 2011; clinic data – summer 2011).
Can you please tell me when they will be released because I couldn't find them?"
It took a few tries, but I finally got a response. This is what I was told:
"I understand you were inquiring about the availability of 2009 abortion data published by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. The public release of this data has just been confirmed for October 28. The release will include three years of data – 2007/2008/2009 – as our analytical team has done a lot of work to try to fill in at least some of the information gaps from previous years as well.
For example, the three years of data will include more comprehensive data on the total number of abortions performed in clinic as well as hospital settings.
We apologize for the outdated information on our website - and are working to have our web page refreshed to reflect the new release timeframe. Thank you for bringing this to our attention."
Keep your eyes peeled for October 28, 2011. Hopefully the statistics will be released as promised.
And more comprehensive data? Well let's see.