Understanding Disparities in Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions: Research Approaches and Datasets. 4.1.5 Education


Although limited, the existing data on the relationship of educational attainment and MCC prevalence shows that there may be a decrease in MCC for more educated individuals. In a 2013 study by Ford and colleagues, 2009 results from the National Health Interview Survey suggested that higher education attainment was associated with decreased MCC prevalence. Specifically, among respondents with less than a high school education, 18.9% had MCC compared to 16.1% of those with a high school degree and 12.9% of those with more than a high school degree (Ford et al. 2013). The role of educational  attainment may also cross race/ethnic boundaries, as Liao and colleagues found that educational attainment is associated with the occurrence of fewer chronic conditions for both whites and blacks (Liao et al. 1999).

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