Socioeconomic inequalities in multimorbidity

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Multimorbidity, usually defined as experiencing two or more chronic health conditions, affects around a quarter of the Scottish population. Socioeconomically disadvantaged populations experience a greater burden of multimorbidity and are affected from an earlier age. Multimorbidity has important detrimental effects on individuals and health services. Existing longitudinal evidence shows that it is associated with adverse drug events, lower quality of life, poor physical functioning, increased health service use, and unplanned and potentially avoidable admissions to hospital.

We aim to explore socioeconomic inequalities in multimorbidity across the lifecourse. For example, to conduct longitudinal analysis looking at risk factors for multimorbidity and the role that deprivation plays as an independent risk factor for the experience of multimorbidity. The project has conducted analysis of data from the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study, and plans to use additional longitudinal datasets for further analysis.

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