Exercise therapy improved mental health and quality of life.
Current treatments for multimorbidity involve taking multiple drugs to manage symptoms, which often has adverse health effects.
Women and children wait to be treated at a health clinic in northern Burkina Faso.
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In poorer parts of the world, such as sub-Saharan Africa, health systems are not designed to care for people with chronic conditions. They are more focused on single, acute diseases.
A cashier works wearing a face mask in a supermarket on April 15, 2020 near Lyon.
In addition to the elderly and health workers, those holding front-line jobs are particularly exposed. Infection risk and aggravating co-morbidities could compound social inequalities in time of crisis.
Drug trials should include people with more than one disease.
Older patients often suffer from multiple conditions.
Modern healthcare specialises, but as the population ages, many patients need more general care.
Scientists estimate that by 2020, non-communicable disease will account for almost 70% of the total disease burden.
The increase in cases of non-communicable diseases in developing countries has led to an emerging pattern of high levels of multimorbidity.