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Table 1 Patient and carer perspectives on challenges associated with co-morbidity

From: Challenges for co-morbid chronic illness care and policy in Australia: a qualitative study

Challenges associated with co-morbidity Co-morbidity (n = 57)
Acting on risk factors 13
Recognising change in illness condition 31
Being on guard/alert to changes 11
Illness management mechanism (inc. medication) 35
Uncertainty 13
Learning 18
Planning (inc. medication & diet) 12
Adverse effects of medication 05
Remaining positive 13
Managing abnormal blood sugar levels 13
Complications in illness (caused by index condition) 13
Living with anxiety and fear 26
Obtaining quality care 21
Balancing life and illness 19
Physical or social activities 17