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Multiple Chronic Conditions - Overview and Management of Chronic Disease Clusters

Sevgi Akarsu

Dokuz Eylül University


Co-existent Chronic Conditions Multimorbidity Ageing Population Cancer Cognitive Impairment Long-Term Communicable Diseases Cardiovascular Diseases Depressive Disorders Stroke Risk Factors Public Health Prevention Healthcare Systems

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A chronic condition is defined as a physical or mental health condition that lasts more than one year, causes functional limitations because of a disability, deteriorates quality of life, and requires long-term monitoring and treatment. It is also known that three-fifths of worldwide deaths are attributed to four major chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes mellitus. Globally, about one-third of adults suffer from more than one chronic condition and this situation has been strongly related with older age, undesirable lifestyle factors and low socioeconomic status. Although there is a lack of a consistent term and definition for those individuals, still the most commonly used term in the academic literature is multiple chronic conditions (MCC) which refers to the presence of two or more co-occurring chronic conditions (including non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic lung diseases, diabetes mellitus, depressive disorders, chronic kidney disease, arthritis, chronic pain, cognitive impairment and long-term communicable diseases such as diarrhea, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis) and tend to increase with age. Furthermore, certain chronic diseases (depressive disorders and chronic diseases, Alzheimer's disease and stroke, tuberculosis and diabetes mellitus, HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular diseases) occur more frequently in clusters, especially in developing countries. It is well known that certain modifiable risk factors (unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol use), non-modifiable risk factors (age, heredity, air pollution) and intermediate risk factors (high blood pressure, high fasting glucose, high cholesterol, high body mass index) play a role in the development of the MCC to varying degrees. Although the prevalence estimates for MCC are highly heterogeneous, gradually increasing health, economic and patient burden is a global priority due to a lack of joint guidelines, different screening and prevention requirements, a greater tendency to see specialists over primary care physicians, and elevated rates of emergency department presentations, hospital admissions, and polypharmacy. The purpose of this book project is to review the certain chronic health conditions what constitute MCC, to predict which groups of people at risk of MCC, and to emphasize potential areas for modification, novelty and management of this challenging condition.

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Date completed: September 24th 2019

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Review results due: March 3rd 2020

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About the editor

Sevgi Akarsu

Dokuz Eylül University

Sevgi Akarsu, MD, graduated from Ege University School of Medicine in 2000. Currently, she is Professor Doctor at the Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey. She has supervised several master’s and postdoctoral students at the university, as well as published many scientific research articles, case reports and reviews in different journals including Web of Science Core Collection Indexes. Dr. Akarsu's interests and published articles are focused on psoriasis, acne, urticaria, dermato-allergy, lupus eythematosus, Behçet’s disease, solar keratoses, photoprotection. dermoscopy, phototherapy and laser therapy,

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