Two-thirds of people aged ≥ 65 years have multi-morbidity, with people living in the most deprived areas developing multi-morbidity 10-15 years even earlier. Multi-morbidity is associated with higher mortality, polypharmacy and high treatment burden, higher rates of adverse drug events, and much greater health services use including emergency hospital admissions. Multi-morbidity includes both physical and mental health conditions, as anxiety and depression, that almost invariably affect patients with multiple symptomatic chronic diseases. The main message of the present paper is that the management of a patient with any of the chronic diseases that are part of multi-morbidity is not just the management of that single index disease, but must include the active search and proper treatment of concomitant chronic diseases. The presence of concomitant chronic diseases should not alter the management of the index disease (eg COPD), and concomitant chronic disease should be treated according to single diseases guidelines regardless of the presence of the index disease, obviously with careful consideration that this choice implies complex management, polypharmacy and potential adverse effects. Ongoing multidisciplinary hospital and home base management programmes suggest that an olistic integrated approach might improve quality of life and reduce hospital admissions and death in these multimorbid patients.
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|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Titolo:||Chronic respiratory abnormalities in the multi-morbid frail elderly|
|Autori:||Beghè, B; Clini, E; Fabbri, LM.|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.23866/BRNRev:2016-0020|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su rivista|
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