Multiple Chronic Conditions Heat Maps
Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCCs), diagnoses of more than one chronic condition at one time, place a significant burden on the health care system. Much of the focus to date has been on the overall count of MCCs. New research from University of Wisconsin Professor John Mullahy draws attention to the importance of examining how MCCs cluster. An understanding of these patterns could serve as the foundation for the development of innovative approaches to evaluate changing patterns in population health. Researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and other stakeholders would then be better equipped to address MCCs and improve public health and health equity. Using Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data Dr. Mullahy developed theM heat maps in the one pager to highlight the nuances in how MCCs cluster for certain groups.