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The burden of multimorbidity in mid-age Australian women.


Multimorbidity is defined as the presence of multiple conditions which may or may not be related. Multimorbidity is associated with lower quality of life, higher mortality, and increased health care usage and spend. In Australia, half of all Australians have a chronic condition and one in four Australians are multimorbid. Information on multimorbidity and its trajectories are important to assist in health service planning for preventive, management and treatment services. This research aims to examine the burden of multimorbidity on health care usage and expenditure, health related quality of life, and survival in mid-age Australian women.