Complex and Chronic Conditions
Advances in health care over the past several decades, specifically in the diagnosis and management of infectious disease and acute illness, have resulted in a dramatic improvement in life expectancy. Although Ontarians are living longer and healthier than ever, the vast majority of older adults have at least one chronic illness1.
According to the Canadian Community Health Survey (2012), 18.9% of the HNHB LHIN population has more than one diagnosed chronic condition such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or diabetes. This number is expected to increase as the LHIN’s population ages.
People with chronic conditions frequently interact with the health care system, whether at hospitals, walk-in clinics, or family doctors’ offices. The LHIN is working with health service providers and other stakeholders to develop programs to help people manage their chronic conditions at home.
1. Sinha (2012). Living Longer, Living Well: Recommendations to inform a seniors strategy for Ontario).