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World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2042-5945

Online from: 2010

Subject Area: Environmental Management/Environment

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A preventative approach to healthcare (chronic non-communicable diseases) in Trinidad and Tobago


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Title:A preventative approach to healthcare (chronic non-communicable diseases) in Trinidad and Tobago
Author(s):Dindial Ramrattan, (University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago)
Citation:Dindial Ramrattan, (2011) "A preventative approach to healthcare (chronic non-communicable diseases) in Trinidad and Tobago", World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 8 Iss: 4, pp.339 - 359
Keywords:Chronic non-communicable, Healthcare, Human capital, Preventative, Transition, Trinidad and Tobago
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/20425945201100016 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:Purpose: To present a descriptive framework that will provide the foundation for future exploratory research on the socioeconomic impact of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCDs) in Trinidad and Tobago. The paper also attempts to initiate discussions regarding the placement of greater emphasis on preventative health care. Methodology: Time series data was used to paint a picture of the changing epidemiological profile within the country. Secondary data was also utilised to illustrate changes in policy within the country. Data was obtained from various key stakeholders inclusive of Government Ministries and the Central Statistical Office of Trinidad and Tobago. Findings: CNCDs are the leading cause of death in Trinidad and Tobago and attempts have been made to address these issues. Recurrent expenditure continues to constitute the majority of health sector spending with programmes like the Chronic Disease Assistance Programme (CDAP) directly targeting the rise of CNCDs. However, at the time of writing, there appeared to be very few linkages between the various relevant stakeholders to facilitate the combination of their expertise which would undoubtedly aid in reducing the impact of CNCDs on the economic earning potential and social fabric of Trinidad and Tobago.



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