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Rethinking health outcomes in the era of multiple concurrent chronic conditions

By Ross Upshur, Kerry Kuluski and Shawn Tracy

Outcomes are broadly considered to be the results brought about by care delivered to patients by healthcare providers. The increased focus on outcomes is understandable given the vast resources our society now devotes to health care. Outcomes that are typically measured relate to the management of specific diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other common chronic diseases such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, and depression. On the other hand, Canadian health care systems tend to focus on outcomes that relate to the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the health care system. However, these outcomes may be missing an important phenomenon that is occurring before our eyes: multi-morbidity, or multiple concurrent chronic disease (MCCC).

This is the subject of a post authored by Ross Upshur, Kerry Kuluski and Shawn Tracy recently published in the healthydebate.ca blog. We would like to invite the readers of this blog to follow this link to read the whole text.