Living with multimorbidity: medical and lay healthcare approaches

Tom Porter, Tom Sanders, Jane Richardson, Janet Grime, Bie Nio Ong

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Multi-morbidity is rapidly becoming the norm rather than the exception in health care. Research on this issue is increasing and this review discusses a selection of clinical and social science literature. The focus is on understanding the complexity of the lived experience of multi-morbidity and how this is presented in clinical encounters, drawing on examples of arthritis within a multi-morbidity context. Taking into account the biophysical, psychological, social and cultural factors that shape multi-morbidity this paper calls for a reconceptualization of the concept, allowing a more dynamic and holistic approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-119
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Rheumatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015


  • Multi-morbidity
  • arthritis
  • clinical perspectives
  • patient perspectives
  • lived experience
  • complexity
  • context

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