Prevalence and patterns of multimorbidity in Australia

Australian Medical Association
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Medical Journal of Australia, 2008, 189 (2), pp. 72 - 77
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Objectives: To estimate the prevalence and patterns of multimorbidity in a sample of patients attending general practice, in the population who attended general practice in 2005, and in the Australian population. Design, setting and participants: Secondary analyses of data from a study of prevalence of selected conditions (a substudy of the BEACH [Bettering the Evaluation And Care of Health] program); data were provided by 305 general practitioners for 9156 patients seen in Julyï½November 2005, based on knowledge of the patient, patient selfreport, and medical records. Listed conditions were classified according to the Cumulative Illness Rating Scale morbidity domains. Main outcome measures: Prevalence of morbidity in each domain; prevalence of specific patterns of multimorbidity (defined as presence of morbidity in two or more domains).
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