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Auckland study to leverage data to assess impact of multiple morbidities


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The three-year study intends to identify the “true burden” of cardiovascular diseases and other chronic health conditions in the region. Healthcare cooperative ProCare Health has teamed up with the University of Auckland and the University of Otago to conduct a long-term study to determine the impact of multiple morbidities on the risk of hospitalisation or death from cardiovascular diseases.

Funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the three-year study commenced in January. The 2014 ProCare Adult Cohort Study involves patients over the age of 18 who are enrolled in a ProCare practice since the first quarter of 2014.

It anonymises patient data of over 550,000 people; these data are linked with the TestSafe repository of blood test results and national health databases on hospitalisations, deaths and community pharmacy dispensing.

The data set will enable researchers to anonymously track patients over time and look back between five and 10 years for history of long-term conditions. WHY IT MATTERS The study brings together both primary and secondary care data on long-term conditions. According to a press release, the research team intends to “identify the true burden of cardiovascular disease and other major health conditions in […]

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