Clinic for Multimorbidity: An Innovative Approach to Integrate General Practice and Specialized Health Care Services

Cathrine Bell, Peter Vedsted, Dorte Gunver Adsersen Kraus, Ulrich Fredberg, Linda Jeffery, Marianne Bjørn Dahlgaard, Rikke Aarhus, Charlotte Weiling Appel

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Caring for patients with multimorbidity in general practice is increasing in amount and complexity. To integrate care for patients with multimorbidity and to support general practitioners (GPs), the Clinic for Multimorbidity (CM) was established in 2012 at Silkeborg Regional Hospital, Denmark. This case study aims to describe the CM and the patients seen in it.

RESULTS: CM is an outpatient clinic that offers a comprehensive one-day assessment of the patient's complete health status and medication. GPs can refer patients with complex multimorbidity (≥2 chronic conditions). It involves collaboration across medical specialties and healthcare professions. The assessment is completed with a multidisciplinary conference and recommendation.In all, 141 patients were referred to the CM between May 2012 and November 2017. The median age was 70 years, 80% had more than five diagnoses, and in median patients had a usage of 11 drugs (IQI, 7-15). Physical and mental health was reported low (SF-12 score: 26 and 42). In median four specialties were involved and 4 examinations (IQI, 3-5) conducted.

CONCLUSION: The CM offers innovative care by bridging and exceeding conventional boundaries of disciplines, professions, organizations, and primary and specialized care. The patients represented a very complex group, requiring many examinations and involvement of several specialists.

Original languageEnglish
Article number25
JournalInternational Journal of Integrated Care
Volume23
Issue number2
Number of pages11
ISSN1568-4156
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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