|Community 1||Community 2||Community 3|
|Yearly Weather Conditionsa||Temp (Summer): 5° to 20°C||Temp (Summer): 18°C||Temp (Summer): 19°C|
|Temp (Winter): 5° to -15°C||Temp (Winter): 4°C||Temp (Winter): 2°C|
|Precipitation:2500 mm||Precipitation: 7559 mm||Precipitation: 6284 mm|
|Snowfall: High levels in the winter months||Snow: Rare||Snow: Occasional snowfall in winter months|
|Travel Distance Time to Referral Centreb||452 km||203 km||298 km|
|6 h travel over land||5 h travel via car and ferry||7 h travel via car and ferry|
|Demographicsc||Population: 135||Population: 1045||Population: 940|
|Catchment: 2897||Catchment: 3000||Catchment: 2500|
|50% Aboriginal||37% Aboriginal||37% Aboriginal|
a“Temp” refers to the average seasonal temperature. “Precipitation” represents the annual average rainfall in the community.
bTravel time reflects the average length of time during optimal weather conditions that it takes to access the nearest designated labour and delivery service with caesarean section back-up.
c“Catchment” refers to the population living within one-hour travel time of the local hospital. This includes people who live in smaller, surrounding communities. “Aboriginal” people are the original peoples of Canada and include First Nations, Inuit, and Metis groups. We have included the percentage of Aboriginal people living in the one-hour catchment.
Kornelsen and Grzybowski
Kornelsen and Grzybowski BMC Family Practice 2012 13:108 doi:10.1186/1471-2296-13-108