There are already an estimated 50 million people in the EU suffering from two or more long-term conditions and by 2020, when a quarter of Europeans will be over 60 years of age, multi-morbidity is likely to be the norm rather than the exception.
Multi-morbidity has significant implications for the economy, labour market, social security and healthcare systems and the quality of life for citizens. A paradigm shift is needed – away from a disease-oriented approach to a patient-oriented one if this issue is to be properly addressed.
A recent conference explored the priorities for a European policy on multi-morbidity. To read about the highlights and conclusions, click here on the ec.Europa.eu website