Canadian Institute for Health Information. (2010). Seniors and the Health Care System: What Is the Impact of Multiple Chronic Conditions? Ottawa, ON. Retrieved from http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/products/air-chronic_disease_aib_en.pdf
“Concern about chronic condition care is growing as the prevalence of chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure increases in Canada.1 For many chronic conditions, prevalence increases with age, causing a disproportionate health burden on seniors—Canadians age 65 and older.2 Patients with chronic conditions—in particular multiple chronic conditions, also called comorbidity—typically have poorer quality of life and require considerable health care resources. Effective prevention and management of chronic conditions is required, especially in the face of Canada’s large boomer generation entering the senior age category.
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 management. 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.”