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Multimorbidity: The most common chronic condition of all.

Multimorbidity is the coexistence of more than one chronic disease. Multimorbidity results in high health service use, competing demands on patients and health care professionals, reduced quality of life and higher mortality, with greater impact for Māori and Pacific people, and those living in deprived areas. Research focused on multimorbidity is scarce internationally and almost non-existent in New Zealand. The aims of the research project are to 1) describe the prevalence, patterns and impact of multimorbidity in New Zealand using routinely collected data; 2) understand and describe patients' understanding of, and experience of living with multimorbidity, using focus groups, in-depth interviews and a survey of patients with multimorbidity; and 3) develop interventions aimed at reducing the impact of multimorbidity in New Zealand including identifying best clinical practice models, focused amendment of clinical guidelines and identification.

October 2014

RESEARCHERS

COLLABORATORS

  • Dr James Stanley
  • University of Otago, Wellington
  • Prof. Ross Lawreson
  • University of Auckland
  • Prof. Dee Mangin
  • University of Otago
  • Prof. Tony Dowell
  • University of Otago, Wellington
  • Dr Jason Gurney
  • University of Otago, Wellington
  • Ms Cheryl Davies
  • University of Otago, Wellington
  • Dr Chris Cameron
  • University of Otago, Wellington
  • Assoc. Prof. Diana Sarfati
  • University of Otago, Wellington
  • Ms Claire McSherry
  • Ms Michelle Abraham
  • Assoc. Prof. Louise Signal
  • University of Otago, Wellington

FUNDING

  • Health Research Council of New Zealand