Journal article

Impacts of multimorbidity on medication treatment, primary healthcare and hospitalization among middle-aged and older adults in China: evidence from a nationwide longitudinal study

Yang Zhao, Siqi Zhao, Lin Zhang, Tilahun Nigatu Haregu, Haipeng Wang

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Multimorbidity is a significant contributor to inequalities in healthcare and has become a major unaddressed challenge for the health system in China. The aim of this study is to assess the socio-demographic distribution of multimorbidity and the relationships between multimorbidity, primary healthcare, hospitalization and healthcare spending. METHODS: We conducted this nationwide population-based panel data study in China. Study participants included 12,306 residents aged ≥45 years from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Random-effects logistic regression models were applied to estimate the association between multimorbidity and primary he..

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Grants

Awarded by Shandong Province Natural Science Foundation of China


Awarded by Shandong University


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the Shandong Province Natural Science Foundation of China (ZR2016GQ02), and Shandong University (Grant No. IFYT18033).