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AJGP Clinical ChallengeJan-Feb 2018: Multimorbidity

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
2 hrs

To provide guidance for the general practitioner in the management of patients with multiple chronic diseases

Relevance to General Practice

The January–February 2018 issue of AJGP highlights the management of patients with multiple chronic diseases (multimorbidity). About 50% of general practice encounters are with patients who have two or more chronic conditions.1 Multimorbidity reduces quality of life while increasing the need for healthcare services and the risk of mortality.2–4 However, the current system of healthcare focuses on single diseases and uncertainty remains as to how best to manage patients with multiple conditions. This is particularly challenging for GPs, as there are few guidelines that specifically address the management of multimorbidity. The articles in this edition of AJGP are aimed at providing some guidance for GPs around the care of patients with multimorbidity.
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Learning outcomes
  • Summarise the current understanding of multimorbidity
  • Discuss recommendations for the management of multimorbidity
  • Apply motivational interviewing skills when managing patients with have multimorbidity
  • Outline the characteristics that define health conditions as chronic
  • Compare policies and guidelines related to multimorbidity in primary healthcare in countries with different health systems
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • Barriers to equitable access to quality care are addressed

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    • Effective clinical leadership is demonstrated

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Care of older people
    • Children and young people health
    • Integrative medicine
    • Other
    AJGP Clinical ChallengeJan-Feb 2018: Multimorbidity
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    2 hrs
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    CPD Points
    4 cpd
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