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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2021) Chronic condition multimorbidity, AIHW, Australian Government, accessed 10 December 2022.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2021). Chronic condition multimorbidity. Retrieved from https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-disease/chronic-condition-multimorbidity
Chronic condition multimorbidity. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 13 May 2021, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-disease/chronic-condition-multimorbidity
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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2021, Chronic condition multimorbidity, viewed 10 December 2022, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-disease/chronic-condition-multimorbidity
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Chronic conditions are an important global, national and individual health concern. They cause substantial ill health, disability, premature death, and disease burden. Many people with chronic conditions do not have a single condition, but rather they have multimorbidity – the presence of 2 or more chronic conditions at the same time. Using 10 major chronic conditions, this report, and the associated fact sheet, explore the characteristics and experiences of people with multimorbidity.
1 in 5 (20%) of Australians had multimorbidity—2 or more of 10 chronic conditions—in 2017–18, based on self-report
Multimorbidity increases with age—it affects 12% of those aged 15–44 and half (51%) of those aged 65 and over
Multimorbidity is more common among females (23%) than males (18%)
Almost half (45%) of adults with multimorbidity live in the lowest 2 socioeconomic areas
Most people aged 18 and over with multimorbidity (88%) experienced bodily pain
Over 1 in 3 (35%) people aged 18 and over with multimorbidity experienced high or very high psychological distress
Half (50%) of people aged 18 and over with multimorbidity had a restriction or limitation in everyday activities
People with multimorbidity aged 18–64 are less likely to be working (67%) than those with no chronic conditions (83%)
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