is a PhD student at the University of Toronto, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Yelena Petrosyan
has joined the Health System Performance Research Network (HSPRN) as a trainee since 2012. She holds a Master of Public Health degree, American University of Armenia and Medical Doctor degree, Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia. Her research focuses on topics surrounding health related outcomes research, health care quality, diabetes mellitus, multi morbidity issue. Project Description
Title: The quality of care for diabetes patients with comorbid conditions in Ontario.
Diabetes Mellitus is a major public health issue. Ageing of the population contributes significantly to the increasing prevalence of diabetes and multimorbidity, even though multimorbidity also occurs at younger age. Effective management of diabetes presents additional challenges for diabetes patients with multimorbidity, and primary care physicians face difficulties in addressing complex multifarious needs. As a result, diabetes with comorbid conditions is associated with increased mortality, functional disability, reduced quality of life, as well as increased use of both inpatient and outpatient health services.
This project aims to understand the quality of care for patients with multiple conditions including diagnostics, ongoing care, treatment, safety, access and coordination of care. This knowledge can be used to evaluate how to best organize care for diabetes patients with comorbid conditions to maximize patients' quality of life, and functional and clinical outcomes.