Table 1

Prevalence of chronic morbidity

Age group, yearsAdult population (n = 1 272 685) n (%, 95% CI)No conditions (n = 597 363) n (%, 95% CI)One condition (n = 279 015) n (%, 95% CI)Two or more conditions (n = 396 307) n (%, 95% CI)
25–34229 396 (18.0)169 747 (74.0)40 962 (17.9)18 687 (8.1)
(17.9 to 18.1)(73.8 to 74.0)(17.7 to 18.0)(8.0 to 8.2)
35–44278 993 (21.9)179 338 (64.3)60 771 (21.8)38 884 (13.9)
(21.8 to 22.0)(64.2 to 64.4)(21.7 to 21.9)(13.8 to 14.0)
45–54253 794 (19.9)131 920 (52.0)63 453 (25.0)58 421 (23.0)
(19.8 to 20.0)(51.0 to 52.1)(24.9 to 25.1)(22.8 to 23.2)
55–64219 333 (17.2)75 843 (34.6)58 171 (26.5)85 319 (38.9)
(17.1 to 17.3)(34.5 to 34.7)(26.3 to 26.7)(38.7 to 39.1)
65–74155 280 (12.2)28 662 (18.5)35 068 (22.6)91 550 (59.0)
(12.1 to 12.3)(18.3 to 18.7)(22.4 to 22.8)(58.7 to 59.2)
≥75135 889 (10.7)11 853 (8.7)20 590 (15.2)103 446 (76.1)
(10.6 to 10.8)(8.5 to 8.9)(15.0 to 15.3)(75.9 to 76.3)
  • Analysis based on 40 chronic conditions: 32 physical and eight mental. Percentages in ‘adult population’ column relate to distribution of age groups within the sample, whereas percentages in the conditions columns relate to distribution within each separate age group.