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What is driving the accumulation of multiple chronic conditions in Ireland’s older population?

20 October 2014

What is driving the accumulation of multiple chronic conditions in Ireland’s older population?

This was the title of the poster presented by Olga Cleary at the recent IPH Open Conference in Titanic, Belfast on 14th October.  Multimorbidity, is defined as two or more chronic conditions occurring simultaneously in an individual.  Results showed that several socio-demographic and lifestyle factors were found to have an independent increased risk of accumulating multiple chronic conditions.  Increasing age, healthcare coverage, unfavourable factors in childhood, employment status, marital status, educational status and household location were all significantly associated with an increased risk, as were   smoking, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and obesity.  Findings indicate that many of the factors associated with multimorbidity may be modified through addressing socio-economic and lifestyle factors.

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