This chapter provides an overview of the descriptive epidemiology of multimorbidity in terms of its prevalence and distribution within the population and its associations with mortality, functional status and quality of life, and health services use and healthcare quality and safety. The analysis draws on both the published literature and on data about the prevalence of 40 long term conditions from 1.75 million primary care patients in Scotland. The implications for health service organisation and the measurement of health system performance for people with multimorbidity are discussed.
|Title of host publication||Health Reform|
|Subtitle of host publication||Meeting the Challenge of Ageing and Multiple Morbidities|
|Publisher||Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development|
|Number of pages||49|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2011|