The social economic impact of chronic illness on older Australians
Chronic, non-communicable diseases are a major health concern worldwide, in particular in developed countries where almost all deaths (86%) are attributable to non-communicable diseases. A national postal survey is being conducted to measure the degree to which ill health (particularly chronic illness) influences the way in which older Australians live and the impact on their financial situations.
The target group is a sample of members of National Seniors Australia (NSA). Of 10,000 questionnaires mailed out over 35% responded to the survey.
The study is collaboration between the ANU Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, the University of Sydney Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, the George Institute and National Seniors Australia.
A follow-up qualitative study is being proposed to explore in-depth the processes through which older Australians make decisions about their spending on health and life issues while experiencing economic hardship due to chronic illness. Findings will enhance our understanding of the person’s and household’s experience in dealing with chronic illness, and contribute to development of health/social care practice and policy that are person-centred.
Dr Ian McRae (ANU), Ms Laurann Yen (ANU) and A/Professor Yun-Hee Jeon (University of Sydney)
Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI), The Australian National University (ANU)
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