Clinical update

Multiple morbidities assessment

People with multiple morbidities need a tailored approach to care, according to a new guideline from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Cliff Kilgore

Essential facts

Multimorbidity, when a person has two or more long term health conditions, is associated with reduced quality of life, higher mortality, polypharmacy and high treatment burden, higher rates of adverse drug events, and much greater health services usage, including unplanned or emergency care.

Multimorbidity is a common problem, and occurs more frequently in older people and in people from less affluent areas.

What’s new

People with multiple morbidities need a tailored approach to care, according to a new guideline from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

It recommends developing an individual management plan to help optimise care and treatment in line with the patient’s wishes.

The plan will also help the patient prioritise appointments for different conditions, and help decide what treatments are appropriate to stop if they offer limited benefit. Patients with multiple conditions can have treatments

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