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Letters Multimorbidity's many challenges

A research priority in the UK

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 31 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1128
  1. Jose M Valderas, clinical lecturer1,
  2. Barbara Starfield, university distinguished professor2,
  3. Martin Roland, director3
  1. 1National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL
  2. 2Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
  3. 3NIHR School for Primary Care Research, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL
  1. jose.valderas{at}

    Further to the three research areas Fortin et al identify for investigation,1 four additional aspects of multimorbidity are also relevant. Firstly, acute conditions also contribute to comorbidity, and there is no reason for their exclusion. Secondly, comorbidity is of particular relevance to primary care, which is person focused and not disease focused.2 Thirdly, research on the …

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