Responding to the needs of patients with multimorbidity : a vision for general practice

Source:
Royal College of General Practitioners - RCGP
Publisher:
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
Publication date:
04 November 2016

Abstract

General practice plays a vital role in caring for patients with multiple long-term conditions. However, GPs are facing barriers in providing care to this patient group including a lack of research into multimorbidity, especially when physical and mental conditions occur together, complexities of polypharmacy, and incentives which are single disease focused. To address these barriers, it is essential that action is taken at GP practice, local health system and national level. This will support the cultural, clinical, contractual and organisational changes needed to improve outcomes for patients with multimorbidity.