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HSI Health Data Blog: Chronic Conditions, Co-Morbidity, and Healthcare Utilization

Chronic health conditions affect nearly one half of Canadians aged thirty-five and over, and the proportion of Canadians diagnosed with such conditions is only expected to grow in the coming years. In the past decade, the prevalence of several common chronic health conditions has been increasing steadily, and this trend is expected to continue as the population ages.

In order to better understand the impact of chronic conditions on both Canadians and the Canadian healthcare system, we’ve examined data from the Canadian Community Health Survey between the years 2000 and 2012, and have focused specifically on those living with one of seven common or high-impact chronic conditions – arthritis, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and mood disorders.1 We highlight changes in prevalence over time, co-morbidity among these conditions, and healthcare utilization by those diagnosed with these conditions.

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8 July 2014