Disability and Chronic Disease: Implications for Trinidad and Tobago

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Caroline Alexis-Thomas

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This paper seeks to examine the burden of disability as a consequence of chronic diseases in order to develop an understanding of the phenomenon and the implications for Trinidad and Tobago. Though there are many studies on disability and chronic disease, so far limited attention has been paid to chronic disease-related disability especially in the area of appropriate programme development. In light of the growing number of persons with disabilities resulting from chronic diseases, this paper is making a contribution by conducting a review of related studies from developing and developed countries. The findings indicate that chronic disease-related disability is a growing phenomenon especially for the middle-aged, elderly and female population. Greater attention therefore must be paid to appropriate programme development related to prevention, early screening, and the maintenance of functionality as far as possible while achieving adequate management of the chronic disease.

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Caroline Alexis-Thomas

Holds a Master of Public Health Policy and Management (University of Massachusetts) and a Bachelor of Science in sociology and government (The University of the West Indies). She has worked extensively in the health sector and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in Sociology. Her research interest is in social issues affecting persons with chronic diseases.