Disability and its relationship to health conditions and other factors

10 Dec 2004

Disability experience is a complex interaction between the health condition and environmental and personal factors. People's health is increasingly conceptualised in terms of their quality of life, what activities they can do, in what areas of life they are able to participate as they wish, and what long-term supports they need for living in the community.

This report examines some of the inter-relationships among components of disability, health conditions and other related factors, as well as some aspects of measurement. The report provides prevalence estimates of significant diseases and health conditions associated with disability and estimates the likelihood and severity of disability associated with those diseases and health conditions. It also presents results of analyses that explore the relationship between severity of disability, health conditions, and personal and environmental factors.

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