|Title||Emerging Burden of Frail Young and Elderly Persons in Oman: For whom the bell tolls?|
|Authors||Al-Sinawi, H., Al-Alawi, M., Al-Lawati, R., Al-Harrasi, A., Al-Shafaee, M. and Al-Adawi, S.|
Recent improvements in health and an increased standard of living in Oman have led to a reduction in environment-related and infectious diseases. Now the country is experiencing an epidemiological transition characterised by a baby boom, youth bulge and increasing longevity. Common wisdom would therefore suggest that Omanis will suffer less ill health. However, a survey of literature suggests that chronic non-communicable diseases are unexpectedly becoming common. This is possibly fuelled by some socio-cultural patterns specific to Oman, as well as the shortcomings of the 'miracle' of health and rapid modernisation. Unfortunately, such new diseases do not spare younger people; a proportion of them will need the type of care usually reserved for the elderly. In addition, due to their pervasive and refractory nature, these chronic non-communicable diseases seem impervious to the prevailing 'cure-oriented' health care system. This situation therefore calls for a paradigm shift: a health care system that goes beyond a traditional cure-orientation to provide care services for the chronically sick of all ages.
|Journal||Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal|
|Journal citation||12 (2), pp. 169-176|
|Publisher||Sultan Qaboos University|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.12816/0003109|
|Web address (URL)||http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/22548135|