Multimorbidity and equity in health

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Two major challenges are at play in the design of current and future health care delivery: the growing diversity of patient populations and the increasing burden of multiple long-term conditions. The growing prevalence of multiple co-occurring conditions signifies a greater burden for patients and a resultant increasing need for health care resources [1, 2]. Yet, health care systems are ill suited for the complex, frequently interacting needs of patients with multiple chronic conditions [3]. Guidelines and incentives are aligned in a way that acknowledge high quality treatment of single conditions [4, 5] without recognizing the impact of multiple conditions on the commissioning of care and on patients’ self management capabilities [6–9]. For individuals from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, these challenges are even greater, as multiple co-occurring life and social circumstances interact with their health and health related needs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number59
JournalInternational Journal for Equity in Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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