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Table 3 Description of observed chronic diseases

From: The out-of-pocket burden of chronic diseases: the cases of Belgian, Czech and German older adults

Chronic diseases
Heart attack Heart attack including myocardial infarction, coronary thrombosis or any other heart problem including congestive heart failure
High blood pressure High blood pressure or hypertension
High blood cholesterol High blood cholesterol
Stroke Stroke or cerebral vascular disease
Diabetes Diabetes or high blood sugar
Lung disease Chronic lung disease such as chronic bronchitis or emphysema
Cancer Cancer or malignant tumour, including leukaemia or lymphoma, but excluding minor skin cancers
Ulcer Stomach or duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer
Parkinson Parkinson’s disease
Cataracts Cataracts
Alzheimer Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, organic brain syndrome, senility or any other serious memory impairment
Emotional disorders Other affective or emotional disorders, including anxiety, nervous or psychiatric problems
Rheumatoid arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis
Osteoarthritis Osteoarthritis, or other rheumatism
Chronic kidney disease Chronic kidney disease
Other conditions Other not mentioned chronic conditions and other non-chronic conditions (e.g. fractures)
  1. Note: Descriptions are taken from the SHARE main questionnaire for the sixth wave from the variable PH006_DocCond: Has a doctor ever told you that you had/ Do you currently have any of the conditions on this card? (With this we mean that a doctor has told you that you have this condition, and that you are either currently being treated for or bothered by this condition)