Kednapa Thavorn is a post-doctoral fellow in Applied Pharmacoeconomics at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital. Dr.Thavorn has joined the Health System Performance Research Network (HSPRN) as a trainee since 2011. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Pharmacy from Thailand and Ph.D. in Health Services Research from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on topics surrounding drug policy research, health economics, health related outcomes research, health equity, and pharmaceutical care for patients with complex needs.
Title: Economic Burden of Multimorbidity in Ontario's Health Care System
Multimorbidity is increasingly prevalent due to the growing number of ageing population and the advance in medical services. Much research suggests that multimorbidity is associated with impaired physical functioning, higher risk of death, poor quality of life and more frequent use of health services. In addition, multimorbid patients may experience faster disease progression, thereby requiring complex medical care services and transition between health service sectors. These patients are also at higher risk of receiving redundant and duplicative services and inappropriate prescriptions which can impose enormous health care costs.This project is conducted to understand the impacts of multimorbidity on health care expenditures in Ontario. This knowledge can be used to assist in planning and allocating health care resources to