TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2018 /CNW/ - In an international survey of seniors in 11 countries, Canadian seniors reported the lowestsatisfaction with the overall quality of the health care they received. Despite this, Canada's seniors report better perceived health than the international average.
How Canada Compares: Results From The Commonwealth
The 2017 edition of The Commonwealth Fund's survey focused on the views and experiences of seniors (age 65 and older) in 11 developed countries. The Canadian survey included questions on home care and end-of-life planning that were not asked in other countries.
In a new series of videos, Tracy Johnson, CIHI's director of Health System Analysis and Emerging Issues, addresses the survey's findings in 4 key areas: access to specialists, mental health, home care, and end-of-life planning.
Access to specialistsCanadian seniors think coordination of specialist care could be improved.
Mental healthCanadian seniors have to cope with mental health challenges, on top of other medical issues.
Home care Canadian seniors want to stay at home for as long as possible.
"We learn so much from examining how Canadian seniors interact with their health system and by comparing their experiences with those of seniors from other comparable countries. We do see some encouraging signs, particularly in the realm of end-of-life planning and home care, where Canadian seniors largely report that their needs are being met."
— Tracy Johnson, Director, Health System Analysis and Emerging Issues, Canadian Institute for Health Information
This new report supports CIHI's commitment to help stakeholders better understand Canada's seniors population, as outlined in CIHI's strategic plan. CIHI is focusing its efforts on influencing and improving Canada's health systems, guided by key themes and key populations that our stakeholders told us were important.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides essential information on Canada's health systems and the health of Canadians.
We provide comparable and actionable data and information that are used to accelerate improvements in health care, health system performance and population health across Canada. Our stakeholders use our broad range of health system databases, measurements and standards, together with our evidence-based reports and analyses, in their decision-making processes. We protect the privacy of Canadians by ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of the health care information we provide.
SOURCE Canadian Institute for Health Information
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