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Table 3 Distribution of individuals assigned to each multimorbidity pattern according to the number of chronic diseases of the corresponding pattern by sex and age group

From: Age and gender differences in the prevalence and patterns of multimorbidity in the older population

Patterns Number of diseases of the pattern Men Women
65-74 75-84 ≥85 Total 65-74 75-84 ≥85 Total
(%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%)
   N = 15,338 N = 11,121 N = 2,902 N = 29,361 N = 18,945 N = 17,501 N = 7,008 N = 43,454
CM 2 78.9 73.7 70.3 75.6 83.9 80.3 79.4 81.4
3 17.2 20.9 24.3 19.6 13.8 16.8 17.9 15.9
≥4 4 5.5 5.4 4.8 2.4 2.9 2.6 2.7
Mean (SD) 2.3 (0.5) 2.3 (0.6) 2.4 (0.6) 2.3 (0.6)* 2.2 (0.5) 2.2 (0.5) 2.2 (0.5) 2.2 (0.5)*
MEC 2 78.5 76.7 77.7 77.7 58.8 60.8 66.4 60.4
3 17.9 18.9 17.6 18.3 28.5 26.7 24 27.3
≥4 3.6 4.4 4.7 4.2 12.7 12.5 9.6 12.4
Mean (SD) 2.3 (0.5) 2.3 (0.6) 2.3 (0.6) 2.3 (0.5)* 2.6 (0.8) 2.6 (0.8) 2.5 (0.8) 2.6 (0.8)*
PG 2 89.6 86.2 80.2 85.1 90.1 86.5 81.8 85.2
3 9.6 12.5 17.8 13.4 7.6 12.5 16.3 13.3
≥4 0.7 1.4 2 1.4 2.4 0.9 1.9 1.6
Mean (SD) 2.2 (0.4) 2.2 (0.4) 2.2 (0.5) 2.2 (0.4) 2.1 (0.4) 2.1 (0.4) 2.2 (0.4) 2.2 (0.4)
  1. CM: cardiometabolic, MEC: mechanical, PG: psychogeriatric.
  2. *Statistically significant differences between men and women (p < 0.001).