The Challenge of Integrating Care for Patients with Multiple Complex Conditions: A Scottish perspective
Thursday April 2, 2015
There is a global rise in the burden on mental and physical long-term conditions, with 'multimorbidity' becoming the norm rather than the exception. Multimorbidity raises profound challenges of integration for patients, professionals, health care systems, and governments around the world. Using the example of Scotland, he will discuss some of these challenges, and will describe how, at all levels, multimorbidity challenges the current norms of healthcare organization, delivery and and practice. Furthermore, he will explain why multimorbidity is not simply a problem of the elderly, and how it contributes to health inequalities across the life-course. He will review some new approaches as to how care might be better delivered, including recent and ongoing work in Scotland. Finally, the societal values that are required to underpin the required policy and practice changes will be discussed.