Emerging Burden of Frail Young and Elderly Persons in Oman: For whom the bell tolls?

Al-Sinawi, H., Al-Alawi, M., Al-Lawati, R., Al-Harrasi, A., Al-Shafaee, M. and Al-Adawi, S. 2012. Emerging Burden of Frail Young and Elderly Persons in Oman: For whom the bell tolls? Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal. 12 (2), pp. 169-176. https://doi.org/10.12816/0003109

TitleEmerging Burden of Frail Young and Elderly Persons in Oman: For whom the bell tolls?
TypeJournal article
AuthorsAl-Sinawi, H., Al-Alawi, M., Al-Lawati, R., Al-Harrasi, A., Al-Shafaee, M. and Al-Adawi, S.
Abstract

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.

JournalSultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
Journal citation12 (2), pp. 169-176
ISSN2075-0528
Year2012
PublisherSultan Qaboos University
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12816/0003109
PubMed ID22548135
Web address (URL)http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/22548135
Publication dates
PublishedMay 2012

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