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Seniors and the Health Care System: What is the Impact of Multiple Chronic Conditions?

Creator: Canadian Institute for Health Information

Geography: North America, Canada

Categories: Chronic Diseases, Elderly/Aging Health

Tags: adverse events, ambulatory care visits, arthritis, asthma, blood pressure, burden of illness, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), comorbidity, depression, diabetes, emergency department visits, health care utilization, health costs, hypertension, morbidity, pain, patient safety, physician visits, prescription drugs, prevalence, preventive care, seniors, stroke

Date: 2008



PDF, 23 pages.

“This study examined the reported experiences of seniors in Canada being treated for chronic conditions in primary health care (PHC) settings. The results of the study can be used to enhance our understanding of patients’ use of health care services and health status, the quality of patient–provider communication, patient self-management and medication managment. This report is focused on seniors because they are more likely than younger people to have chronic conditions, especially comorbidities that can be complex and difficult to manage.”