Multimorbidity: clinical assessment and management : guidance (NG56)

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - NICE
Publication date:
21 September 2016


This guideline covers optimising care for adults with multimorbidity (multiple long-term conditions) by reducing treatment burden (polypharmacy and multiple appointments) and unplanned care. It aims to improve quality of life by promoting shared decisions based on what is important to each person in terms of treatments, health priorities, lifestyle and goals. The guideline sets out which people are most likely to benefit from an approach to care that takes account of multimorbidity, how they can be identified and what the care involves.


This guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals
  • People with multimorbidity, their families and carers

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