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Growth of chronic conditions in older adults

The percentage of adults age 65 and older with multiple chronic conditions grew from 37.2% in 1999-2000, to 45.3% in 2009-2010.

Freid, Virginia, Amy Bernstein, Mary Bush. Multiple Chronic Conditions among Adults Aged 45 and Over: Trends over the past 10 years. 2012;

Reference

Title
Multiple Chronic Conditions among Adults Aged 45 and Over: Trends over the past 10 years
Publication Date
2012
Authors
Freid, Virginia, Amy Bernstein, Mary Bush

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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