Improving the health of people with multimorbidity: the need for prospective cohort studies

Mercer, S.W. , Gunn, J. and Wyke, S. (2011) Improving the health of people with multimorbidity: the need for prospective cohort studies. Journal of Comorbidity, 1(1), pp. 4-7.

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Abstract

The dramatic rise in long-term conditions (LTCs) represents a major challenge for individuals, families, and health care systems worldwide. Due to the scale of this rise, the management of patients with LTCs largely falls within the domain of primary rather than secondary care, at least in countries with well-developed primary care systems. For example, in the UK, which has a comprehensive primary care system based around general practice (trained family physicians working in multidisciplinary teams) and funded by the National Health Service (NHS), primary care contacts account for around 90% of the total activity of the NHS, and patients with LTCs account for 80% of general practice consultations. Effective primary care and community-based management of people with LTCs is thus a top priority.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wyke, Professor Sally and Mercer, Professor Stewart
Authors: Mercer, S.W., Gunn, J., and Wyke, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:Journal of Comorbidity
Journal Abbr.:JOC
Publisher:Swiss Medical Press
ISSN:2235-042X
Published Online:01 January 2011
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 Swiss Medical Press
First Published:First published in Journal of Comorbidity 1(1):4-7
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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