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Table 3 Prevalence of common clusters using count method and hierarchical cluster, weighted (N = 8,820)

From: Multimorbidity and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in a nationally representative population sample: implications of count versus cluster method for defining multimorbidity on HRQoL

  Components n Prevalence (%) Jack-knife standard error Methods
MM2+ any 2 (+) of 8 chronic conditionsa 2539 26.0 0.6 Count method
MM3+ any 3 (+) of 8 chronic conditionsb 1042 10.1 0.5 Count method
Cluster 1 CVD/Arthritis 934 9.1 0.5 Hierarchical cluster
Cluster 2 MDD/Anxiety Disorder 399 4.3 0.3 Hierarchical cluster
  1. CVD Heart or circulatory condition, MDD Major depression disorder, MM multimorbidity. Sample size (n) are showed based on the raw data, proportion (%) are estimated with standard error based on the weighting strategy
  2. aMM2+ which means having any 2 or more chronic conditions out of asthma, cancer, stroke, CVD, gout rheumatism or arthritis and diabetes or high sugar levels, MDD and anxiety disorder
  3. bMM3+ which means having any 3 or more chronic conditions out of asthma, cancer, stroke, CVD, gout rheumatism or arthritis and diabetes or high sugar levels, MDD and anxiety disorder