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SUMMARY, CHALLENGES AND RECOMMENDATIONS


SUMMARY:


• There are almost 233,000 Canadian adults and children living with IBD (up from 200,000 in 2008): 129,000 with CD and 104,000 with UC.


• Canada has among the highest reported prevalence (number of people with CD or UC) and incidence (number of new cases per year) of IBD in the world.


• The prevalence of IBD currently in Canada is nearly 0.7%, equating to more than 1 in every 150 Canadians.


• IBD is more than twice as common as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease; about as common as Type I diabetes or epilepsy; and somewhat less common than other chronic diseases such as schizophrenia or rheumatoid arthritis.


• Over 10,200 new cases are diagnosed every year – 5,700 with CD and 4,500 with UC.


• Incidence of IBD in Canada has been rising, and significantly so in young children under the age of 10 – a troubling finding.


• Compared to the general population, quality of life in IBD is low across all dimensions of health.


• Costs for people with IBD average $11,900 per person annually – with indirect patient and societal costs at 56% of the total, and direct medical costs at 44%.


• The total cost of IBD in Canada for 2012 is $2.8 billion.


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