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Health policy responses to rising rates of multi-morbid chronic illness in Australia and New Zealand

Aspin, Clive; Jowsey, Tanisha; Glasgow, Nicholas; Dugdale, Paul; Nolte, Ellen; O'Hallahan, Jane; Leeder, Stephen

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Objective: To examine current health policy in Australia and New Zealand and assess the extent to which the policies equip these countries to meet the challenges associated with increasing rates of multi-morbid chronic illnesses. Method: We examined reports from agencies holding data relating to chronic illness in both countries, looking at prevalence trends and the frequency of multiple morbidities being recorded. We undertook content analysis of health policy documents from Australian and New...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorAspin, Clive
dc.contributor.authorJowsey, Tanisha
dc.contributor.authorGlasgow, Nicholas
dc.contributor.authorDugdale, Paul
dc.contributor.authorNolte, Ellen
dc.contributor.authorO'Hallahan, Jane
dc.contributor.authorLeeder, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:41:34Z
dc.date.available2015-12-07T22:41:34Z
dc.identifier.issn1326-0200
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/24375
dc.description.abstractObjective: To examine current health policy in Australia and New Zealand and assess the extent to which the policies equip these countries to meet the challenges associated with increasing rates of multi-morbid chronic illnesses. Method: We examined reports from agencies holding data relating to chronic illness in both countries, looking at prevalence trends and the frequency of multiple morbidities being recorded. We undertook content analysis of health policy documents from Australian and New Zealand government agencies. Results: The majority of people with chronic illness have multiple morbidities. Multi-morbid chronic illnesses significantly effect the health of people in both Australia and New Zealand and place substantial demands on the health systems of those countries. These consequences are both predicted to increase dramatically in the near future. Despite this, neither country explicitly acknowledges multi-morbidity as a major factor in their policies addressing chronic illness. Conclusion and Implication: In addition to considering policy responses to chronic illness, policy makers should explicitly consider policies shaped to address the needs of people with multi-morbid chronic illness.
dc.publisherPublic Health Association of Australia
dc.sourceAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
dc.subjectKeywords: article; Australia; breathing disorder; cardiovascular disease; chronic disease; comorbidity; diabetes mellitus; economics; health care delivery; health care policy; health survey; human; New Zealand; organization and management; prevalence; primary healt Chronic illness; Co-morbid; Health policy; Multi-morbid; Prevalence
dc.titleHealth policy responses to rising rates of multi-morbid chronic illness in Australia and New Zealand
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume34
dc.date.issued2010
local.identifier.absfor111799 - Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absfor111717 - Primary Health Care
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3961986xPUB32
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationAspin, Clive, University of Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationJowsey, Tanisha, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationGlasgow, Nicholas, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDugdale, Paul, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationNolte, Ellen, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
local.contributor.affiliationO'Hallahan, Jane, NZ Ministry of Health
local.contributor.affiliationLeeder, Stephen, University of Sydney
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage386
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage393
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00571.x
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:20:57Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-77956051516
local.identifier.thomsonID000280253500010
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