The chronic disease explosion: artificial bang or empirical whimper?

dianagosalvez Diana Gosálvez Prados last modified 22/04/2016 11:48

The World Health Organization defines health as the complete state of physical, mental, and social wellbeing. A recent paper from the Global Burden of Disease study suggests only 4% of the world’s population is now free of disease.

McGrail K, Lavergne R, Lewis S. The chronic disease explosion: artificial bang or empirical whimper?. BMJ. 2016 Mar 15;352:i1312. Available at: http://www.bmj.com/content/352/bmj.i1312


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22/04/2016

If true, health is not the norm but an anomalous state, and only a tiny fraction of the world’s population could meet the WHO’s exacting standard. The main culprit, chronic disease, is now so common that healthcare systems are increasingly focused on people with more than one condition. Multimorbidity, recently described as the “most common chronic condition,” affects at least half of the population over age 65.


McGrail K, Lavergne R, Lewis S.

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