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Descriptor English: Comorbidity
Descriptor Spanish: Comorbilidad
Descriptor Portuguese: Comorbidade
Descriptor French: Comorbidité
Tree number(s): N05.715.350.225
N06.850.490.687
SP5.001.002.023
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D015897
Scope note: The presence of co-existing or additional diseases with reference to an initial diagnosis or with reference to the index condition that is the subject of study. Comorbidity may affect the ability of affected individuals to function and also their survival; it may be used as a prognostic indicator for length of hospital stay, cost factors, and outcome or survival.
Annotation: "presence of co-existing or additional diseases" in epidemiologic studies: do not confuse with /compl; IM general only; coordinate NIM with each disease /epidemiol (IM), not /compl; specify geographic term if pertinent
Allowable Qualifiers: TD trends
Previous Indexing: Diagnosis Related Groups (1986-1989)
Length of Stay (1986-1989)
specific disease/complications (1977-1989)
Public MeSH Note: 90
History Note: 90
DeCS ID: 24572
Unique ID: D015897
Documents indexed in the Virtual Health Library (VHL): Click here to access the VHL documents
Date Established: 1990/01/01
Date of Entry: 1989/05/25
Revision Date: 2018/02/27
Comorbidity - Preferred
Concept UI M0024328
Scope note The presence of co-existing or additional diseases with reference to an initial diagnosis or with reference to the index condition that is the subject of study. Comorbidity may affect the ability of affected individuals to function and also their survival; it may be used as a prognostic indicator for length of hospital stay, cost factors, and outcome or survival.
Preferred term Comorbidity



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