Adapting clinical guidelines to take account of multimorbidity

Guthrie, B., Payne, K., Alderson, P., McMurdo, M.E.T. and Mercer, S.W. (2012) Adapting clinical guidelines to take account of multimorbidity. British Medical Journal, 345(oct04), e6341-e6341. (doi: 10.1136/bmj.e6341)



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Most people with a chronic condition have multimorbidity, but clinical guidelines almost entirely focus on single conditions. It will never be possible to have good evidence for every possible combination of conditions, but guidelines could be made more useful for people with multimorbidity if they were delivered in a format that brought together relevant recommendations for different chronic conditions and identified synergies, cautions, and outright contradictions. We highlight the problem that multimorbidity poses to clinicians and patients using guidelines for single conditions and propose ways of making them more useful for people with multimorbidity.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mercer, Professor Stewart
Authors: Guthrie, B., Payne, K., Alderson, P., McMurdo, M.E.T., and Mercer, S.W.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:British Medical Journal
Journal Abbr.:BMJ
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN (Online):1756-1833
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 The Authors
First Published:First published in BMJ 345:e6341
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence

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