Being ill from a child's perspective has not been often investigated. The aim of this study was to illuminate the experience of being ill between the ages of 11-18 years. Four girls and one boy who were suffering short-term illness were interviewed and the data obtained subjected to qualitative content analysis. Illness disrupted their daily lives and made things unrecognizable. Being ill at the age of 11-18 seemed to imply being lost, hurt and in need of comfort from themselves and others. These narrations may indicate to health care professionals how they can improve their practice. This study suggests what is appreciated by children of this age when ill, namely being spoken to and informed about the illness and treatment. The children valued peace and quiet and wanted to listen to and adjust to their bodies.
Dental expenditures in Canada receive less attention than other expenditures in the health care sector. Using publicly-available records, the authors have shown that the overall expenditures on dental care rose from $1.3 billion to $3.1 billion during the 1980s, or from $54.35 per person to $117.78 per person. Inflation and population growth would account for about 64 per cent of the increase, and the balance ($650 million) would therefore result from more services being provided. Per capita dental expenditures by province and territory show that people in the territory purchase the least care ($33.01 per person in 1989) and those in British Columbia purchase the most care ($145.54 per person in 1989). Even though some costs are not included in the data sources used for this paper, the direct costs of preventing and treating dental diseases ranks third among all diseases or conditions, exceeded only by the costs related to cardiovascular diseases and mental disorders.
Recent evidence regarding temporal trends of asthma burden has not been consistent, with some countries reporting decreases in prevalence of asthma. In Ontario, the province in Canada with the highest population, the prevalence of asthma rose at a rate of 0.5% per year between 1996 and 2005. These estimates were based on population-based health services use data spanning more than a decade and provide a powerful source to forecast the trends of asthma burden. The objective of this study was to use observed population trends data of asthma incidence and prevalence to forecast future disease burden.
The Ontario Asthma Surveillance Information System (OASIS) used health administrative databases to identify and track all individuals in the province with asthma. Individuals with asthma identified between April 1, 1996 and March 31, 2010 were included. Exponential smoothing models were applied to annual data to project incidence to the year 2022, prevalence was estimated by applying the cumulative projected incidence to the projected population.
While asthma incidence is falling, the absolute number of prevalent cases will continue to rise. We projected that almost 1 in 8 individuals in Ontario will have asthma by the year 2022, suggesting that asthma will continue to be a major burden on individuals and the health care system.
These projections will help inform health care planners and decision-makers regarding resource allocation to optimize asthma outcomes.
Cites: Can Respir J. 2002 Nov-Dec;9(6):407-1212522486