Comorbidity – a publishing phenomenon


2018Research into comorbidity has expanded exponentially in recent years, with over 55,000 papers published in the medical literature over the past seven years, according to a new analysis of the Web of Science database of biomedical publications (Catala-Lopez et al. PLoS One 2018;13:e0189091). The literature search terms included “comorbidity”, in which there is another medical condition in addition to an index disease; as well as the emerging “multimorbidity”, a more patient-centric term in which no index disease is defined and all conditions are viewed with equal importance. Several neologisms have been coined less successfully, such as “multipathology”, “polymorbidity”, “polipathology”, and “pluripathology”.

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