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Health Behaviour Changes after Diagnosis of Chronic Illness Among Canadians Aged 50 or Older
Statistics Canada Health Reports
  • Jason T. Newsom, Portland State University
  • Nathalie Huguet, Portland State University
  • Pamela L. Ramage-Morin, Statistics Canada
  • Michael Joseph McCarthy, University of Cincinnati
  • Julie Bernier, Statistics Canada
  • Mark S. Kaplan, Portland State University
  • Bentson H. McFarland, Oregon Health & Science University
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  • Disease management -- Older people,
  • Smoking cessation,
  • Older people

Changes in health behaviors (smoking, physical activity, alcohol consumption, and fruit and vegetable consumption) after diagnosis of chronic health conditions (heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory disease, and diabetes) were examined among Canadians aged 50 or older. Results from 12 years of longitudinal data from the Canadian National Population Health Survey indicated relatively modest changes in behavior. Although significant decreases in smoking were observed among all groups except those with respiratory disease, at least 75% of smokers did not quit. No significant changes emerged in the percentage meeting physical activity recommendations, except those with diabetes, or in excessive alcohol consumption, except those with diabetes and respiratory disease. The percentage reporting the recommended minimum fruit and vegetable intake did not increase significantly among any group.


Statistics Canada, Health Reports, November 2012. Reproduced and distributed on an "as is" basis with the permission of Statistics Canada

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Newsom J., Huguet, N., Ramage-Morin, P., McCarthy, M., Bernier, J., Kaplan, M., & McFarland, B. (2012). Health behaviour changes after diagnosis of chronic illness among Canadians aged 50 or older. Health Reports / Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre For Health Information = Rapports Sur La Santé / Statistique Canada, Centre Canadien D'information Sur La Santé, 23(4), 49-53.