Multimorbidity in general practice : adverse health effects and innovative research strategies

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This dissertation shows that multimorbidity, i.e. having two or more diseases at the same time, is rather common in the general practice. Multimorbidity turns out to be related to negative health effects such as a permanent decline in physical health, memory complaints and cognitive functioning. The dissertation also shows that multimorbidity should not be confused with other old age constructs such as ‘frailty’ and ‘disability’; each construct has its own risk of admission to a nursing home and death. This dissertation also shows that innovative analysis methods can identify new and potentially relevant medical patterns in large quantities of medical data.

Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Metsemakers, Job, Supervisor
  • Verhey, Frans, Supervisor
  • van den Akker, Marjan, Co-Supervisor
  • van Boxtel, Martin, Co-Supervisor
Award date13 Apr 2012
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461591326
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • multimorbidity
  • general practice
  • health effects

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