Issues for Further Consideration
- Impact of trends: The proportion of the population with multiple chronic conditions is likely to continue as a consequence of the aging of the population and rising obesity rates.
- Related concerns: Attention to impact of high medical expenditures on affordability and healthcare burdens.
- Effects on AHRQ Priority Populations: elderly, chronic disease(s), end of life care.
- Analytical needs: Extended longitudinal profiles, research initiatives and modeling efforts to identify strategies to improve health outcomes and reduce expense for this population.
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