Multimorbidity: The impact on health systems and their development

Bruce Guthrie, Sally Wyke, Jane Gunn, Marjan Van Den Akker, Stewart Mercer

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Reform
Subtitle of host publicationMeeting the Challenge of Ageing and Multiple Morbidities
PublisherOrganisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Number of pages49
ISBN (Electronic)9789264122314
ISBN (Print)9789264122307
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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