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What matters to people with multiple long-term conditions and their carers?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Gemma Frances SpiersORCiD, Dr Lynne Corner, Professor Dawn CraigORCiD, Emeritus Professor Stuart ParkerORCiD, Professor Barbara Hanratty



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© The Author(s) 2021. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Postgraduate Medical Journal. BACKGROUND: The number of people living with multiple long-term conditions is increasing worldwide. This presents challenges for health and care systems, which must adapt to meet the needs of this population. This study drew on existing data to understand what matters to people living with multiple long-term conditions and identify priorities for future research. METHODS: Two studies were conducted. (1) A secondary thematic analysis of interview, survey and workshop data collected from the 2017 James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership for Older People with Multiple Conditions, and patient and public involvement workshops; (2) a review of ongoing research and published research priorities, relating to older people (80+) living with multiple long-term conditions. FINDINGS: Older people with multiple long-term conditions identified a number of key concerns: access to care, support for both the patient and their carer, physical and mental health and well-being and identifying opportunities for early prevention. The review identified no published research priorities or ongoing research focusing specifically on populations aged over 80 years with multiple long-term conditions. CONCLUSION: Older people living with multiple long-term conditions experience care that is inadequate for their needs. A holistic approach to care that extends beyond treating single conditions will ensure wide-ranging needs are met. As multimorbidity rises worldwide, this is a critical message for practitioners across health and care settings. We also recommend key areas that should be given greater focus in future research and policy to inform effective and meaningful forms of support for people living with multiple long-term conditions.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Spiers G, Boulton E, Corner L, Craig D, Parker S, Todd C, Hanratty B

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Postgraduate Medical Journal

Year: 2023

Volume: 99

Issue: 1169

Pages: 159-165

Print publication date: 01/03/2023

Online publication date: 17/12/2021

Acceptance date: 01/12/2021

ISSN (print): 0032-5473

ISSN (electronic): 1469-0756

Publisher: NLM (Medline)


DOI: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2021-140825

PubMed id: 37222056