In the Proceedings of the IAHCP 26th Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference, Blackpool, UK, 18 – 21 July 2015
Chronic Diseases and Comorbidity Issues in the Community by Professor (Dr) Comfort Osonnaya
Professor (Dr) Comfort Osonnaya informed conference that conventional medicine uses drugs and medicinal products in treating patients. In the new era of advances and innovations in medical practice, many people are living longer in society internationally. She went on to say that due to the increasing number of elderly people in the community, the prevalence of chronic diseases will rise in the next decades. In addition she explained to conference that it is now recognised in all medical practice settings that many older patients suffer from more than one chronic disease or co-morbidity or multi-morbidity.
The aim of her interactive workshop was to explore the issues of comorbidity for the following diseases: diabetes, depression and obesity. Professor (Dr) Osonnaya went on to explain that in the general population, more than 70% of people have been identified with one or more chronic diseases and in people aged 65 or more, 37% suffer from one or more of the chronic diseases under discussion. Within this population, 17% suffer from more than one of the chronic diseases under discussion. Diabetes and depression are the diseases with the highest rate of comorbidity. It became apparent that there are needs to look into other chronic diseases and their comorbidities in future sessions, in order to have wider perspectives in the general impacts of co-morbidities on chronic diseases.
Correspondence: Professor (Dr) Comfort Osonnaya, Editor in Chief and Chief Medical Director, London, England, UK
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