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Term: Cumulative Mental Illness / Cumulative Mental Health Disorders

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-06-21


The grouping "Cumulative Mental Illness" was created (Fransoo et al., 2009) to provide an overall indicator of the prevalence of mental illness, accounting for the co-occurrence among mental illnesses. Cumulative prevalence was defined as the proportion of the population who received treatment for any of the following five conditions: depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, personality disorders, or schizophrenia. See the individual glossary terms listed below for more detailed information on each of these five conditions.


  • In Chartier et al. (2012), the term Cumulative Mental Health Disorder was used to describe these conditions.
  • In the Health Inequities deliverable (Martens et. al, 2010), the definitions for identifying cumulative mental illness did not include prescriptions from the DPIN (drug) data. The reason for this is to maintain consistency in the definition across time, because the earliest analysis time frame (1984) pre-dated the availability of the DPIN data (1995). For an illustration of the difference of the crude rate for cumulative mental illness with and without DPIN (drug) data over time, please see the LINKS section below.

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  • Chartier M, Finlayson G, Prior H, McGowan K, Chen H, de Rocquigny J, Walld R, Gousseau M. Health and Healthcare Utilization of Francophones in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2012. [Report] [Summary] (View)
  • Fransoo R, Martens P, Burland E, The Need to Know Team, Prior H, Burchill C. Manitoba RHA Indicators Atlas 2009. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2009. [Report] [Summary] [Additional Materials] (View)

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  • Martens P, Brownell M, Au W, MacWiliam L, Prior H, Schultz J, Guenette W, Elliott L, Buchan S, Anderson M, Caetano P, Metge C, Santos R, Serwonka K. Health Inequities in Manitoba: Is the Socioeconomic Gap in Health Widening or Narrowing Over Time? Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2010. [Report] [Summary] [Updates and Errata] [Additional Materials] (View)
  • Martens PJ, Bartlett J, Burland E, Prior H, Burchill C, Huq S, Romphf L, Sanguins J, Carter S, Bailly A. Profile of Metis Health Status and Healthcare Utilization in Manitoba: A Population-Based Study. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2010. [Report] [Summary] [Updates and Errata] [Additional Materials] (View)

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