Login  | Join

Comorbidity and multimorbidity indexes in the elderly patients

dianagosalvez Diana Gosálvez Prados last modified 16/05/2011 11:34

This article was written to reflect the importance of a correct quantification of the complexity of the elderly patient and its potential possibilities in clinical practice. From the decision to perform a laboratory test to the decision of the benefits of a determinate surgery through adjusting pathologies in several studies, most of our decisions depend on the complexity of our patients. Our decisions should be based on objective criteria that categorize thoe patients who may benefit from our decisions.

Martínez Velilla NI, De Gaminde Inda I. Índices de comorbilidad y multimorbilidad en el paciente anciano. Medicina Clínica. 2011; 136(10): 441-446. Disponible en: http://www.elsevier.es/es/revistas/medicina-clinica-2/indices-comorbilidad-multimorbilidad-paciente-anciano-90002573-revision-2011


One way is with comorbidity indexes. Another objective of this article was to review available methods to measure comorbidity and to assess its validity in the elderly. A search was made, with the keywords comorbidity, multi-morbidity and complexity associated with the elderly patient. The different methods were compared and different indexes are offered depending on our study's patients.

Medicina Clínica