Chronic diseases and geriatric syndromes: The different weight of comorbidity

Published: 28 November 2015
Author(s): Davide L. Vetrano, Andrea D. Foebel, Alessandra Marengoni, Vincenzo Brandi, Agnese Collamati, George A. Heckman, John Hirdes, Roberto Bernabei, Graziano Onder
Section: Original Article

Comorbidity is a relevant health determinant in older adults. Co-occurrence of several diseases and other age-associated conditions generates new clinical phenotypes (geriatric syndromes [GS] as falls, delirium etc.). We investigated the association of chronic diseases, alone or in combination, and GS in older adults receiving home care services in 11 European countries and one Canadian province.