The comorbidity burden of the treated asthma patient population in British Columbia

Published: March 1, 2010
Category: Bibliography > Papers
Authors: Carleton B, Prosser R, Smith A
Countries: Canada
Language: null
Types: Population Health
Settings: Academic

Chronic Dis Can 30:46-55.

University of British Columbia, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vancouver, BC, Canada

To date there has been little investigation of the prevalence of comorbid conditions in asthma patients. Using 1996/97 cross-sectional health services administrative data for British Columbia, we compared the prevalence of comorbid conditions in treated adult asthma patients with the general adult population using a standardized comorbidity identification methodology, the Adjusted Clinical Group (ACG) Case-Mix System. We also profiled the comorbidity burden of pediatric asthma patients. Adults with asthma were significantly more likely to have a range of comorbidities, including respiratory infections, allergic rhinitis and 8 high impact/high prevalence chronic conditions (HIHPCCs). One in 4 adults with asthma had depression, the most prevalent HIHPCC. Children with asthma had a lower comorbidity burden than adults, but 12.6% had a stable or unstable chronic medical condition, with the most prevalent HIHPCC also depression. Adults with asthma had a high and complex comorbidity burden, particularly in terms of multiple chronic conditions. We discuss the implications for services planning and delivery.

PMID: 20302685

Co-morbidity,Overall Morbidity Pattern,High-Impact Chronic Conditions,Canada,Adolescent,Adult,Aged,Algorithms,Asthma/therapy,British Columbia,Child,Preschool,Cross-Sectional Studies,Gender,Middle Aged,Prevalence,Young Adult

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