Chronic disease and comorbidities

Chronic disease and comorbidities

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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new web report today in relation to chronic disease.

Chronic disease and comorbidities
The term chronic disease applies to a group of diseases that tend to be long lasting and have persistent effects. Chronic diseases have a range of potential impacts on a person’s individual circumstances, including quality of life and broader social and economic effects.

Comorbidity refers to any two or more diseases that occur in one person at the same time. This web release presents comorbidity data for eight selected chronic diseases. It shows that nearly 5 in 10 Australians have at least one of the eight selected chronic conditions, and 2 in 10 have two or more.

View the web pages and the musculoskeletal disease page http://www.aihw.gov.au/arthritis-and-musculoskeletal-conditions/ for further information