The effect of multimorbidity on health related functioning: Temporary or persistent? Results from a longitudinal cohort study
Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 07/05/2012
Aarts S et al. – Poorer physical functioning that accompanies multimorbidity is persistent and may even increase over time. People, who acquire one or more diseases during the 3–year follow–up, already showed poorer physical functioning at baseline compared to people who remained healthy during these years. Post–hoc analyses, using the SCL–90 as an outcome measure, did show that multimorbidity was related to depressive and anxiety complaints. However, these complaints seem to decline over time.