Journal article

Multimorbidity combinations, costs of hospital care and potentially preventable emergency admissions in England: A cohort study

Jonathan Stokes, Bruce Guthrie, Stewart W Mercer, Nigel Rice, Matt Sutton

PLOS MEDICINE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Patients with multimorbidities have the greatest healthcare needs and generate the highest expenditure in the health system. There is an increasing focus on identifying specific disease combinations for addressing poor outcomes. Existing research has identified a small number of prevalent "clusters" in the general population, but the limited number examined might oversimplify the problem and these may not be the ones associated with important outcomes. Combinations with the highest (potentially preventable) secondary care costs may reveal priority targets for intervention or prevention. We aimed to examine the potential of defining multimorbidity clusters for impacting secondary ..

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Grants

Awarded by Medical Research Council (MRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

The work is part of JS's personal research Fellowship, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC Grant Ref: MR/T027517/1). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.