Clustering of comorbidities

Future Healthc J. 2021 Jul;8(2):e224-e229. doi: 10.7861/fhj.2021-0085.


Within the last decade, clustering of comorbidities has become an increasing health problem on a global scale and will continue to challenge healthcare professionals in the coming years. People with multiple diseases find difficulties in managing their daily lives due to the implications each disease brings; attending and keeping up to date with hospital appointments, being prescribed and taking various medications, the effects of mental health and quality of life, and the impact it has on their families. Most research in clinical trials often exclude individuals with multimorbidity and observational studies mainly focus on single disease outcomes, therefore there is an opportunity to encourage future research in an area which could help prevent further cases and improve the lives of those already living with multimorbidity. This review aims to summarise the rising prevalence and most common clusters, highlight the challenges faced in healthcare, and explore ways to improve future research.

Keywords: clustering; comorbidities; healthcare; multimorbidity; research.