Chronic diseases may impede everyday functioning
Everyday functioning includes all things people need to be able to do in order to live independently. Physical and psychological chronic diseases may impede such everyday functioning. As a result, the self-perceived health and quality of life may also be compromised.
More people have one or more chronic diseases
An increasing number of people grow older with one or more chronic diseases. These diseases are characterised by a relatively long illness duration, and in many cases there is no prospect of recovery. From the perspective of public health, it is less important which specific chronic disease people suffer from. The fact that they run the risk of feeling limited in their everyday functioning, regardless of a specific disease (physical and/or psychological), has a greater impact.
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