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Multimorbidity in Europe and other stories . . .

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 07 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1828

Multimorbid Europe

A survey of people aged ≥50 in 16 European countries finds that over a third had two or more chronic health conditions, ranging from 24.7% in Switzerland to 51% in Hungary (Age Ageing doi:10.1093/ageing/afw044). Multimorbidity also increased with age in this representative sample of 56 427 people (median age 66). Across Europe, multimorbidity is associated with greater healthcare utilisation, worse self reported health status, depression, and reduced functional capacity. The challenge of providing better, joined-up management can be met only within stronger primary care systems.

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