Table 1

Prevalence of conditions in the older general population: baseline scores for pain and functional capacity on the Health Assessment Questionnaire, according to status at 5 years

ConditionN (%)Mean agePercentage who died over 5 years
Reported acutely life-threatening condition
 Chronic leg ulcer3 (0.2)7833
 Stroke16 (1.0)7131
 Chronic kidney disease10 (0.7)6430
 Chronic bronchitis17 (1.1)7129
 Other heart disease146 (9.6)6923
 Diabetes103 (6.8)6523
 Cancer74 (4.9)6722
 Coronary artery disease135 (8.9)7319
Reported non-acutely life-threatening condition
 Rheumatoid arthritis58 (3.8)6817
 Other neurological disease31 (2.0)6516
 Parkinson's disease7 (0.5)7014
 Alcoholism18 (1.2)5211
 Epilepsy10 (0.7)5710
 Osteoarthritis370 (24)6610
 Peptic ulcer67 (4.4)6210
 Psychiatric disease61 (4.0)549.8
 Musculoskeletal trauma182 (11.9)589.3
 Thyroid disease99 (6.5)649.1
 Hypertension454 (30)628.8
 Chronic back pain373 (25)597.2
 Ankylosing spondylitis14 (0.9)597.1
 Psoriasis26 (1.7)553.8
 Asthma130 (8.5)593.1
 Fibromyalgia56 (3.7)571.8
 Inflammatory gut disease19 (1.2)600
No reported conditions429 (28)471.9