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Priorities for research in multiple conditions in later life (multi-morbidity): findings from a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership

20 Mar 2019

AbstractIntroductionmultiple conditions in later life (multi-morbidity) is a major challenge for health and care systems worldwide, is of particular relevance for older people, but has not (until recently) received high priority as a topic for research. We have identified the top 10 research priorities from the perspective of older people, their carers, and health and social care professionals using the methods of a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership.Methodsin total, 354 participants (162 older people and carers, 192 health professionals) completed a survey and 15 older people and carers were interviewed to produce 96 ‘unanswered questions’. These were further refined by survey and interviews to a shortlist of 21 topics, and a mix of people aged 80+ living with three or more conditions, carers and health and social care providers to prioritised the top 10.Resultsthe key priorities were about the prevention of social isolation, the promotion of independence and physical and emotional well-being. In addition to these broad topics, the process also identified detailed priorities including the role of exercise therapy, the importance of falls (particularly fear of falling), the recognition and management of frailty and Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment.Conclusionthese topics provide a unique perspective on research priorities on multiple conditions in later life and complement existing UK and International recommendations about the optimisation of health and social care systems to deliver essential holistic models of care and the prevention and treatment of multiple co-existing conditions.

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