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NICE Guidelines: Multimorbidity: clinical assessment and management

NICE has published, in September 2016, a guideline which covers optimising care for adults with multimorbidity (multiple long-term conditions) by reducing treatment burden (polypharmacy and multiple appointments) and unplanned care. It aims to improve quality of life by promoting shared decisions based on what is important to each person in terms of treatments, health priorities, lifestyle and goals. The guideline sets out which people are most likely to benefit from an approach to care that takes account of multimorbidity, how they can be identified and what the care involves.

The guideline includes recommendations on:

  • taking account of multimorbidity in tailoring an approach to care
  • how to identify people who may benefit
  • how to assess frailty
  • principles of an approach to care that takes account of multimorbidity
  • delivering the approach to care

The guideline is intended for healthcare professionals as well as people with multimorbidity, their families and carers.

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