Appendix D: Defining chronic health conditions
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1. How the 2006 Aboriginal Peoples Survey defined chronic health conditions: Respondents aged 15 and over were asked: "Have you been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that you have." any of a number of conditions. These include: arthritis or rheumatism, asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, cancer, effects of stroke, high blood pressure, heart problems, stomach problems or intestinal ulcers, hepatitis, kidney disease, tuberculosis, HIV, AIDS, and any other long term condition. Long term health conditions are conditions that have lasted or are expected to last six months or more.
2. How the 2006 Aboriginal Peoples Survey Children and Youth Survey defined chronic health conditions: Parents or guardians of Métis children and youth aged 6 to 14 were asked "We are interested in long-term conditions that have lasted or are expected to last 6 months or more and have been diagnosed by a doctor, nurse or health professional. Which, if any, of the following long-term conditions or health problems does __ have that have been diagnosed by a doctor, nurse, or health professional?"
They were asked about allergies, bronchitis, tuberculosis, heart condition or problem, diabetes, cerebral palsy, psychological or nervous difficulties, ear infections or ear problems, hearing impairment, visual impairment, mental disability, learning disability, fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol effect or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), lactose intolerance or trouble digesting milk, attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, arthritis or rheumatism, and asthma.
3. How the 2005 CCHS defined chronic health conditions: Respondents aged 12 or over were asked about long-term physical or mental health conditions which are expected to last or have already lasted 6 months or more and have been diagnosed by a health professional.
These included: food allergies, asthma, fibromyalgia, arthritis or rheumatism, back problems, excluding fibromyalgia and arthritis, high blood pressure, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, cancer, intestinal or stomach ulcers, effects of a stroke, urinary incontinence, a bowel disorder such as Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome or bowel incontinence, Alzheimer's Disease or any other dementia, cataracts, glaucoma, a thyroid condition, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, schizophrenia, a mood disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder, mania or dysthymia, an anxiety disorder such as a phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder or a panic disorder, autism or any other developmental disorder, learning disability, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, and any other long-term physical or mental health condition.
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