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Multimorbidity and equity in health

Edited by Prof 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.

Read the associated blog: "Multimorbidity and Equity in Health thematic series is launched"

View all collections published in International Journal for Equity in Health

  1. Content type: Research

    Previous research has produced evidence for social inequalities in multimorbidity, but little is known on how these disparities change over time. Our study investigates the development of social inequalities i...

    Authors: Juliane Tetzlaff, Jelena Epping, Stefanie Sperlich, Sveja Eberhard, Jona Theodor Stahmeyer and Siegfried Geyer

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2018 17:103

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  2. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:62

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  3. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2016 15:40

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  4. Content type: Research

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2015 14:17

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  5. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:75

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  6. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:74

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  7. Content type: Commentary

    Targeting patients for multimorbid care management interventions requires accurate and comprehensive assessment of patients’ need in order to direct resources to those who need and can benefit from them the mo...

    Authors: Efrat Shadmi and Tobias Freund

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:70

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  8. Content type: Research

    Multimorbidity has been linked to elevated healthcare utilization and previous studies have found that socioeconomic status is an important factor associated with multimorbidity. Nonetheless, little is known r...

    Authors: Raymond N Kuo and Mei-Shu Lai

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:69

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  9. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:68

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  10. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:67

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  11. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:66

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  12. Content type: Research

    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...

    Authors: John Ele-Ojo Ataguba

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:64

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  13. Content type: Research

    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...

    Authors: Olufunke Alaba and Lumbwe Chola

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:63

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  14. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:62

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  15. Content type: Research

    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...

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

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:61

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  16. Content type: Annotated bibliography

    Non communicable diseases are the biggest cause of death worldwide. Beside mortality, these diseases also cause high rates of morbidity and disability. Their high prevalence is generally associated to multi-mo...

    Authors: Abdesslam Boutayeb, Saber Boutayeb and Wiam Boutayeb

    Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health 2013 12:60

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