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Long term conditions in young people: UK is third worst of 15 countries

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l831 (Published 21 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l831
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

Young people in the UK are more likely than those in almost all comparable countries to have had a long term condition diagnosed, says a report from the Nuffield Trust and the Association for Young People’s Health.1

The proportion of 16-24 year olds in the UK with a longstanding condition such as asthma or diabetes was the third highest of 15 countries, the report found, using data taken principally from the European statistical office, Eurostat. The two countries with an even higher proportion were Sweden and Finland.

The report did not suggest that this may reflect the degree of ascertainment of disease in different countries …

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