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Research Article

Multimorbidity Patterns in the Elderly: A New Approach of Disease Clustering Identifies Complex Interrelations between Chronic Conditions

  • Ingmar Schäfer mail,

    in.schaefer@uke.uni-hamburg.de

    Affiliation: Department of Primary Medical Care, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

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  • Eike-Christin von Leitner,

    Affiliation: Department of Primary Medical Care, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

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  • Gerhard Schön,

    Affiliation: Department of Medical Biometry and Epidemiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

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  • Daniela Koller,

    Affiliation: Division of Health Economics, Health Policy and Health Services Research, Centre for Social Policy Research, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

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  • Heike Hansen,

    Affiliation: Department of Primary Medical Care, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

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  • Tina Kolonko,

    Affiliation: Department of Primary Medical Care, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

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  • Hanna Kaduszkiewicz,

    Affiliation: Department of Primary Medical Care, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

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  • Karl Wegscheider,

    Affiliation: Department of Medical Biometry and Epidemiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

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  • Gerd Glaeske,

    Affiliation: Division of Health Economics, Health Policy and Health Services Research, Centre for Social Policy Research, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

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  • Hendrik van den Bussche

    Affiliation: Department of Primary Medical Care, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

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  • Published: December 29, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0015941

About the Authors

Ingmar Schäfer, Eike-Christin von Leitner, Heike Hansen, Tina Kolonko, Hanna Kaduszkiewicz, Hendrik van den Bussche
Department of Primary Medical Care, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
Gerhard Schön, Karl Wegscheider
Department of Medical Biometry and Epidemiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
Daniela Koller, Gerd Glaeske
Division of Health Economics, Health Policy and Health Services Research, Centre for Social Policy Research, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Corresponding Author

Email: in.schaefer@uke.uni-hamburg.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: HvdB HK IS HH KW. Analyzed the data: IS GS. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: DK TK GS. Wrote the paper: IS EvL.