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Kose A., ÜNAL B.

JOURNAL OF BASIC AND CLINICAL HEALTH SCIENCES, no.2, pp.713-722, 2023 (ESCI) identifier


Purpose: To examine the 11-year change in the prevalence of multimorbidity according to age, gender, educational status and NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) regions from 2008 to 2019 in Turkey.Material and Methods: Data from the Turkiye Health Survey conducted by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK) every 2 or 3 years from 2008 to 2019 were used. Descriptive statistics for multimorbidity were calculated according to gender, age groups, educational status, and IBBS regions. Absolute and relative changes in the prevalence of multimorbidity for 11-year period were examined in the EXCEL program.Results: In the period between 2008 and 2019, the prevalence of multimorbidity increased by 77.0% in relative terms. The increase in the prevalence of multimorbidity was more evident in the female gender (9.7% to %5.5 in absolute terms), in the group with a low education level (11.4% in absolute, 94.2% in relative terms), in those living in the Eastern Anatolia Region (19.7% absolute, 226.4% relative), and in the aged group 75 years and above (17.8% in absolute terms).Conclusion: Multimorbidity shows an increasing trend and it is a priority issue for our country.