SECONDARY PREVENTION OF CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS IN THOSE WITH MULTI-MORBIDITY: WHAT CAN PHYSIOTHERAPISTS DO?
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SECONDARY PREVENTION OF CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS IN THOSE WITH MULTI-MORBIDITY – WHAT CAN PHYSIOTHERAPISTS DO?
Presenter: Dennis SM
The prevalence of multi-morbidity is increasing in Australia and is a burden
for both the Australian health care system and patients and their carers.
The health system has been designed to manage single conditions and this
can add to the difficulties that patients with multi-morbidity face. Research
has also focused on single conditions and patients with complex health
problems have often been excluded. Physiotherapists have an important
role to play in the secondary prevention and management of people with
multi-morbidity. Often, this has been provided by physiotherapists in the
hospital and community setting. Increasingly multi-morbidity is managed
in primary care by general practitioners where access to adequate allied
health services is limited. The challenge for physiotherapy is design and
test interventions to address the problems faced by people with multimorbidity
to improve patient outcomes and to explore how physiotherapy
can be better integrated into primary care to prevent expensive hospital
admissions for people with multi-morbidity.
Key Practice Points:
• To consider the impact of multi-morbidity on patients in the context of a
health system designed around the needs of single conditions.
• To discuss the growing emphasis on multi-morbidity in primary care and
the opportunities for physiotherapy to improve patient outcomes.