Table 1 Medical priority ranking (absolute and relative) for each chronic condition on the list and its prevalence (categories 1 and 2). 1 was the highest medical priority ranking and 19 the lowest for the absolute ranking, whereas 100% was the highest medical priority for the relative ranking. Chronic condition labels adapted from ICPC-2.
Chronic conditionsCases in the sample, n Prevalence, %Absolute medical priority ranking
Relative medical priority ranking, %
MedianQuantilesMedianQuantiles
High0.250.75LowHigh0.250.75Low
Highly prevalent chronic conditionsHypertension uncomplicated46051.83125156010080330
Risk factor cardiovascular38042.86148143210056110
Obesity28331.95137134410067220
Depressive23826.84126155210075250
Osteoarthritis, knee22325.15136155010071250
Atrial fibrillation21023.621231680100100610
Pain, general20523.0512815361008600
Diabetes, non insulin-dependent20422.921141276100100500
Atherosclerosis16718.85138155010071170
Ischaemic heart without angina16418.521141383100100610
Osteoporosis16318.45137154310071200
Hypertension, complicated15917.94126155710080330
Osteoarthritis, hip15317.35137135010075260
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease12614.231161271100100370
Neuropathy11212.65137154310071170
Hearing complaint11012.46148122510042130
Cerebrovascular disease10611.94127135010088200
Ischaemic heart with angina10411.721131188100100740
Gout10011.25147133310050170
Diabetes, insulin-dependent9110.221131088100100710
Elevated blood pressure9010.14137114010067200
Asthma869.64136145310072320
Irritable bowel disease849.44137153910069200
Tobacco abuse738.2513714291006990
Rheumatoid arthritis687.621161482100100310
Incontinence627.06147124010063170
Chronic alcohol abuse495.64126115810088250
Prostate neoplasm495.64126115010083130
Slightly prevalent chronic conditionsMacular degeneration424.85146154310066210
Involuntary movement414.75147143710057160
Chronic bronchitis404.55136124310075220
Migraine384.35137142510067170
Chronic skin ulcer273.15137125010067210
Memory disturbance263.05128166010080200
Trauma263.04137104410075290
Breast female, neoplasm252.84125155710088380
Colorectal neoplasm252.82115970100100450
Retinopathy252.86158133210041270
Bladder neoplasm222.53126125010079340
Parkinsonism222.521141080100100500
Personality disorder222.52125127810089300
Chronic enteritis212.4714915221004100
Other blood neoplasm212.441161163100100400
Epilepsy192.2524613438650200
Phobia, compulsive192.24137152910085110
Pulmonary heart disease192.25138146310076260
Somatisation182.06137145210070140
Dementia171.9412685710089350
Bowel incontinence161.85139113310071230
Medication abuse161.85136106410080160
Multiple sclerosis131.51111710010010010029
Affective psychosis111.24128106910093270
Blindness111.26138123610080190
Bronchus lung neoplasm111.2111661001001006229
Deafness101.163471027755800
Other malignant neoplasm101.15138131510056100
Drug abuse80.9513811421008270
Lymphoma80.96139113310077160
Anorexia bulimia70.8544713407347130
Post-traumatic stress60.7444610518063230
Kidney neoplasm50.63114578100857264
Pain, face50.68229936898000
Psychosis, other50.64129122510090118
Schizophrenia50.611136801001005955
Thyroid neoplasm50.65126853100832513
Poliomyelitis40.5623910578675310
Cervix neoplasm30.332368418261200
Organic psychosis, other30.3746911254535130
Other digestive neoplasm30.3444794273572711
AIDS20.2534564460523629
Pancreas neoplasm20.22123392100968885
Stomach neoplasm20.22123375100886350
Trigeminal neuralgia20.2635894671593320
Mental retardation10.111111100100100100100