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Multimorbidity and equity in health

Edited by Dr Efrat Shadmi
International Journal for Equity in Health

Multimorbidity, the co-occurrence of health conditions in individuals and populations, is a phenomenon with high burden and high prevalence in persons and groups of disadvantaged circumstances, such as low socioeconomic status, immigrants and ethnic/cultural minorities.

This article collection continues to accept papers on patterns and trends of multimorbidity inequity, variations in multimorbidity burden by social characteristics, and on the impact of multimorbidity inequity on health care resource use and outcomes. Authors who would like their papers to be published in the ongoing series are asked to indicate so in their cover letter during submission.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Editor declares no competing interests.

View all collections published in International Journal for Equity in Health


  1. Research

    The impact of multi-morbidity on disability among older adults in South Africa: do hypertension and socio-demographic characteristics matter?

    Alongside the global population ageing phenomenon, there has been a rise in the number of individuals who suffer from multiple chronic conditions. Taking the case of South Africa, this study aims, first, to in...

    Philippa Waterhouse, Nele van der Wielen, Pamela Chirwa Banda and Andrew Amos Channon

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:62

    Published on: 8 April 2017

  2. Research

    A Canadian qualitative study exploring the diversity of the experience of family caregivers of older adults with multiple chronic conditions using a social location perspective

    A little-studied issue in the provision of care at home by informal caregivers is the increase in older adult patients with chronic illness, and more specifically, multiple chronic conditions (MCC). We know li...

    Allison Williams, Bharati Sethi, Wendy Duggleby, Jenny Ploeg, Maureen Markle-Reid, Shelley Peacock and Sunita Ghosh

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2016 15:40

    Published on: 2 March 2016

  3. Research

    Social inequalities in patient-reported outcomes among older multimorbid patients – results of the MultiCare cohort study

    In this article three research questions are addressed: (1) Is there an association between socioeconomic status (SES) and patient-reported outcomes in a cohort of multimorbid patients? (2) Does the associatio...

    Olaf von dem Knesebeck, Horst Bickel, Angela Fuchs, Jochen Gensichen, Susanne Höfels, Steffi G Riedel-Heller, Hans-Helmut König, Karola Mergenthal, Gerhard Schön, Karl Wegscheider, Siegfried Weyerer, Birgitt Wiese, Martin Scherer, Hendrik van den Bussche and Ingmar Schäfer

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2015 14:17

    Published on: 7 February 2015

  4. Research

    Disparity in motorcycle helmet use in Thailand

    The dispersion of motorcycle related injuries and deaths might be a result of disparity in motorcycle helmet use. This study uses national roadside survey data, injury sentinel surveillance data and other nati...

    Paibul Suriyawongpaisa, Ammarin Thakkinstian, Aratta Rangpueng, Piyapong Jiwattanakulpaisarn and Pimpa Techakamolsuk

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:74

    Published on: 30 August 2013

  5. Research

    Sociodemographic data collection for health equity measurement: a mixed methods study examining public opinions

    Monitoring inequalities in healthcare is increasingly being recognized as a key first step in providing equitable access to quality care. However, the detailed sociodemographic data that are necessary for moni...

    Maritt Kirst, Ketan Shankardass, Sivan Bomze, Aisha Lofters and Carlos Quiñonez

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:75

    Published on: 30 August 2013

  6. Research

    Inequalities in multimorbidity in South Africa

    Very little is known about socioeconomic related inequalities in multimorbidity, especially in developing countries. Traditionally, studies on health inequalities have mainly focused on a single disease condit...

    John Ele-Ojo Ataguba

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:64

    Published on: 20 August 2013

  7. Research

    Short and long term determinants of incident multimorbidity in a cohort of 1988 earthquake survivors in Armenia

    Multimorbidity, presence of two or more health conditions, is a widespread phenomenon affecting populations’ health all over the world. It becomes a serious public health concern due to its negative consequenc...

    Anahit Demirchyan, Vahe Khachadourian, Haroutune K Armenian and Varduhi Petrosyan

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:68

    Published on: 20 August 2013

  8. Research

    Double trouble: the impact of multimorbidity and deprivation on preference-weighted health related quality of life a cross sectional analysis of the Scottish Health Survey

    To investigate the association between multimorbidity and Preference_Weighted Health Related Quality of Life (PW_HRQoL), a score that combines physical and mental functioning, and how this varies by socioecono...

    Kenny D Lawson, Stewart W Mercer, Sally Wyke, Eleanor Grieve, Bruce Guthrie, Graham CM Watt and Elisabeth AE Fenwick

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:67

    Published on: 20 August 2013

  9. Research

    Residential movement patterns of families of young children with chronic conditions in Ontario, Canada: a population-based cohort study

    Care giving for children with chronic diseases can lead to financial strain and compromised family well being. Little is known about whether these stresses lead to changes in residential movement patterns as t...

    Eyal Cohen, Nicole Yantzi, Jun Guan, Kelvin Lam and Astrid Guttmann

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:62

    Published on: 20 August 2013

  10. Research

    Socio-economic position and childhood multimorbidity: a study using linkage between the Avon Longitudinal study of parents and children and the general practice research database

    In adults, multimorbidity is associated with social position. Socially disadvantaged adults typically experience more chronic illness at a younger age than comparable individuals who are more advantaged. The r...

    Rosie P Cornish, Andy Boyd, Tjeerd Van Staa, Chris Salisbury and John Macleod

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:66

    Published on: 20 August 2013

  11. Research

    Prevalence and patterns of multimorbidity among tuberculosis patients in Brazil: a cross-sectional study

    The number of subjects with tuberculosis (TB) presenting with co-occurrence of multiple chronic medical conditions, or multimorbidity (MM) is increasing in Brazil. This manuscript aimed to characterize subject...

    Bárbara Reis-Santos, Teresa Gomes, Laylla R Macedo, Bernardo L Horta, Lee W Riley and Ethel L Maciel

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:61

    Published on: 20 August 2013

  12. Research

    The social determinants of multimorbidity in South Africa

    Multimorbidity is a growing concern worldwide, with approximately 1 in 4 adults affected. Most of the evidence on multimorbidity, its prevalence and effects, comes from high income countries. Not much is known...

    Olufunke Alaba and Lumbwe Chola

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:63

    Published on: 20 August 2013

  13. Research

    Socioeconomic inequities patterns of multi-morbidity in early adolescence

    Multi-morbidity such as cumulating mental health, behavioral, and school difficulties (consumptions of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and hard drugs, obesity, depressive symptoms, suicide attempts, involvement in...

    Kénora Chau, Michèle Baumann and Nearkasen Chau

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:65

    Published on: 20 August 2013

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