Defining and measuring complex multimorbidity: A critical analysis

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As populations around the globe age, the prevalence of patients with multiple long- term conditions (multimorbidity) is on the rise, and research into this topic has increased exponentially in the last decade. The most commonly recommended definition of multimorbidity is the coexistence of two or more long-term conditions within an individual.1,2 These can include physical non-communicable disease, infectious diseases of long duration (such as HIV), and mental health conditions. More recently, the concept of ‘complex multimorbidity’ has emerged, based on the idea that some types of multimorbidity may be more difficult to manage than others, by healthcare systems, practitioners, and patients themselves. In this article, we review the concept of complex multimorbidity, examine some of the definitions in common use, and critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of these definitions and their implications for future research and the clinical management of the increasing numbers of patients with multimorbidity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-376
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Volume73
Issue number733
Early online date27 Jul 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2023

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