The World Health Organization (WHO) refers to chronic disease as an “invisible” global epidemic that must be controlled.
Patients with chronic diseases account for:
- 80% of GP consultations
- 78% of all healthcare spend
- 60% of all deaths worldwide, but it’s much higher in Ireland
- 77% of Europe’s disease burden
Many people have more than one chronic condition, known as Multimorbidity.
Individuals with Multimorbidity are more likely to:
- Die prematurely
- Suffer from depression
- Receive multiple medications
- Have problems adhering to treatments
- Be major drivers of general practice (GP) workload because of clinical complexity and polypharmacy
- Have longer hospital stays
- Have frequent emergency hospital admissions
References available on request