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Approved research

Patterns, outcomes and predictors of non-communicable diseases and multimorbidity

Principal Investigator: Dr Chaofu Ke
Approved Research ID: 60651
Approval date: March 30th 2020

Lay summary

Non-communicable diseases, also known as chronic diseases, are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. With rapid population ageing and increased life expectancy, the coexistence of two or more chronic diseases, termed as multimorbidity, has become a growing public health concern. However, in contrast to a large number of researches focusing on a single chronic disease, studies investigating the mutual relation among non-communicable diseases and the phenomenon of multimorbidity are far from adequate. Therefore, this study aims to make an in-depth investigation into the patterns, outcomes and predictors of non-communicable diseases and multimorbidity. Based on the unique UK Biobank resource, we will establish the causal network of non-communicable diseases and identify specific patterns of multimorbidity. In addition, the impact of major non-communicable diseases and multimorbidity on health impairment and healthcare system will be evaluated. At last, we will identify shared risk factors and pathological mechanisms for common non-communicable diseases, and provide effective prediction models for disease clusters and multimorbidity. We intend to carry out our research with a three-year duration. The findings in this study are expected to provide scientific evidence for the prevention, intervention and care of non-communicable diseases and multimorbidity.