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In addition, people with co-existing mental and physical health conditions were more likely to be unemployed, have a lower level of educational attainment, and be living in a lone-person household compared with those with physical health conditions only.
People with a mental and behavioural condition were almost twice as likely than those without a mental and behavioural condition to report having diabetes (8.1% compared with 4.5%), almost three times as likely to report chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (5.7% compared with 2.0%) and around twice as likely to report osteoporosis (6.3% compared with 2.9%).
People with two or more mental and behavioural conditions only were 5 times as likely as the general adult population to report high or very high levels of psychological distress, 55.9% compared with 11.7%.
WHAT IS COMORBIDITY?
Comorbidity is the presence of two or more disorders (or diseases) in one person at the same time. In this publication, comorbidity refers to people with more than one long-term health condition, where those conditions are current and have lasted, or are expected to last, for six months or more.
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