Prevalence of chronic diseases and multimorbidity among the elderly population in Sweden

Am J Public Health. 2008 Jul;98(7):1198-200. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.121137. Epub 2008 May 29.


We explored the role of age, gender, and socioeconomic status in the occurrence of chronic diseases and multimorbidity in 1099 elderly participants in the Kungsholmen Project. Cardiovascular and mental diseases were the most common chronic disorders. Of the participants, 55% had multimorbidity. Advanced age, female gender, and lower education were independently associated with a more than 50% increased risk for multimorbidity. Multimorbidity is the most common clinical picture of the elderly and may be increased by unhealthy behaviors linked to education.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology
  • Chronic Disease / epidemiology*
  • Comorbidity
  • Female
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Mental Health*
  • Prevalence
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Sweden / epidemiology