The Academy of Medical Sciences has produced a report on the unprecedented burden of “multi-morbidity”, i.e. the clustering of two or more physical and mental health conditions in the same patient. This is a summary of emerging evidence on the prevalence, determinants, prevention and treatment of multimorbidity. It may be time for health services and professionals to adopt approaches better suited to treating the “whole person” instead of the patient’s individual illnesses in isolation.
“Over the last year, the number of over-50s in England with two or more conditions has increased from 32% to 43%”.
Triggle, N. (2018). Being a patient ‘a full-time job’. London: BBC Health News, April 19th 2018.
This relates to:
Multimorbidity: a priority for global health research. London: The Academy of Medical Sciences, April 2018.