Journal of Comorbidity

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The Journal of Comorbidity (JOC) is an international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original clinical and experimental research articles on the pathophysiology, diagnosis, prevention and management of patients with comorbidity/multimorbidity.


Our vision is to be a leading global information resource to improve the health and wellbeing of patients with comorbidity/multimorbidity. 


In addition to original papers, the journal publishes treatment guidelines, policies, editorials, commentaries, protocols, and critical review articles, as well as proceedings of congresses. Preference is given to articles that advance the clinical management of patients. The Editorial Board also welcomes ideas and suggestions for special issues dedicated to unique themes.



Looking for high visibility and rapid publication? Publish in the Journal of Comorbidity


Want to publish your work on comorbidity/multimorbidity and are looking for high visibility and a rapid peer review? Well look no further. The Journal of Comorbidity is full open access and offers a rapid time from submission to first decision of only 4 weeks, including many other key features:

Open access

  • Articles are immediately and freely available online
  • Highest visibility of your research

Fast, rigorous, open peer review

  • Constructive and stringent peer review
  • Average time to first decision of 4 weeks
  • Author and reviewer identities open to each other

Low article processing fee

  • No submission fees
  • €950 for accepted articles
  • Waiver for authors from developing countries

Authors retain copyright

  • Articles distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License

Trusted, ethical publication standards

  • Requirements of CONSORT, SPIRIT, PRISMA-P, COPE, and ICMJE endorsed

No colour figure charges

Personalized support

  • International network of professional editors, reviewers, and advisors
  • Dedicated, experienced, in-house editors
  • Language support for authors whose first language is not English

For more information, contact our editors at

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Thank you to our peer reviewers


To coincide with Peer Review Week 2016, the Journal of Comorbidity would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the external peer reviewers who have given up their time to provide expert advice and guidance for improving the quality of the work we publish.

We would like to send a sincere thank you to all reviewers for their constructive, rigorous and timely critiques of our submitted papers. Their efforts have enabled us to maintain a mean time from submission to first decision of only 4 weeks. Without their hard work, dedication and ongoing support, we would not be able to provide our authors with this excellent and efficient service.

We are extremely grateful for your contributions and look forward to working with you in the future. 

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Vol 6, No 2 (2016)

Table of Contents


Aline Ramond-Roquin, Martin Fortin
Hilde D. Luijks, Antoine L.M. Lagro-Janssen, Chris van Weel
Sarah Dennis
Carolyn A. Chew-Graham, Jill Rasmussen, Neal Maskrey
Susan M. Smith, Joanne Reeve, Jane Gunn, Nathan R. Hill, Martin Fortin, Catherine A. O'Donnell, Marjan van den Akker, Joanne Protheroe, Stewart W. Mercer
Joachim P. Sturmberg, Richard J. Botelho, Bruno Kissling

Original Article

Michelle L.A. Nelson, Elizabeth Hanna, Stephen Hall, Michael Calvert
Robert G. Maunder, Lesley Wiesenfeld, Sian Rawkins, Jamie Park
Eva H. DuGoff, Karen Bandeen-Roche, Gerard F. Anderson
Cliona Lewis, Emma Wallace, Lorraine Kyne, Walter Cullen, Susan M. Smith
Michaela L. Schiøtz, Dorte Høst, Anne Frølich
Charlotte E. Young, Frances M. Boyle, Allyson J. Mutch
Pauline Boeckxstaens, Sara Willems, Mieke Lanssens, Charlotte Decuypere, Guy Brusselle, Thomas Kuehlein, Jan De Maeseneer, An De Sutter

Special Article

Tara Sampalli, Robert Dickson, Jill Hayden, Lynn Edwards, Arun Salunkhe