Psychology

Better measurement of multimorbidity: what’s new and what funding is available?

Chronic conditions accumulate over time and the peak of multimorbidity (i.e. the existence of more than one chronic condition) occurs between the fourth decade (ages 30 to 39) through age 65. Consequently, about two-thirds of older adults have multimorbidity, making it the “most common chronic condition”. Multimorbidity is associated with complexity, higher care burdens and costs, and poorer health outcomes. Determining the presence and pattern of multimorbidity in individuals or populations is important for healthcare, research and policy.

This webinar provides highlights from the 2018 NIH workshop, Measuring Multimorbidity: Aligning the Instrument and Purpose, which reviewed the state of the art and made research recommendations (Salive et al., 2021). Measuring multimorbidity is not standardized and the choice of measurement instruments may be based on purpose, research needs and available data (Suls et al., 2021). The presenters discuss emerging models for analyzing multimorbidity, including classification and regression tree (CART) (Suls et al., 2022).

The webinar concludes with a discussion of selected NIH initiatives to advance multimorbidity research, including two active funding opportunities to improve the measurement of multimorbidity and develop innovative interventions for multiple chronic conditions.


This webinar will be captioned in real time. Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations should contact PreventionInFocus@nih.gov. Applications must be submitted at least 5 working days before the event.

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