#454 Primary care provider perceptions of the challenges of managing patients with mental-physical multimorbidity: a qualitative study

The event will start on: Oct 29, 01:00pm EDT
And will end on: Oct 29, 02:00pm EDT

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Multimorbidity – the co-occurrence of multiple chronic diseases within a same person – is a common phenomenon in primary care settings. About a third of all primary care patients and the majority of older patients live with multimorbidity, a reality that presents major challenges to primary care providers and the broader healthcare system. The challenges are especially great when patients’ chronic physical diseases are accompanied by mental illness. Such mental-physical multimorbidity profoundly impacts patients’ quality of life and daily functioning and leaves patients at higher risk of receiving lower quality, fragmented care.

In an effort to identify targets for quality improvement for primary care patients with mental-physical multimorbidity, we interviewed 16 primary care professionals and asked them about the features of their practice settings that facilitated or impeded their ability to manage patients with mental-physical multimorbidity. Our findings helped us identify a range of organizational characteristics that were perceived to influence care for these vulnerable patients. The implications of our results for the field of health human resources will be discussed.

M MenearMatthew Menear

Mr. Matthew Menear is a postdoctoral fellow and KT Canada STIHR fellow in the Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Laval University.  He completed a PhD in public health with a specialization in the organization of health services from the University of Montreal.  During his doctorate he received strategic training in mental health services research and in interdisciplinary primary health care research.  He is currently training under the guidance of Dr. France Légaré, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Implementation of Shared Decision Making in Primary Care.  His research aims to understand how to better engage patients and their families in primary mental health care and how this may foster more collaborative and integrated practices and services.  Mr. Menear's interest in health human resources stems from his interest in implementing new models of care that are highly person- and family-oriented.


This webinar is in partnership with the Canadian Health Human Resources Network


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