The desperate fight to be heard, and supported, when living with the invisible struggles of Multimorbidity

16 Feb

by Rebecca Hays, Research Associate, Multimorbidity theme

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One of our research themes at the Greater Manchester PSTRC focuses on patient safety in primary care for people who have two or more long-term conditions at the same time. This is known as multimorbidity. We believe that people with multiple health conditions may be more likely to experience issues with their physical and psychological safety because they:

  • Use healthcare services frequently
  • Receive care from a range providers
  • Need to manage multiple medications and treatments at the same time, and
  • Face difficult decisions about their healthcare priorities.

We aim to develop a better understanding of people’s experiences of primary and community care when they have multiple health conditions, find out when a patient’s safety may be at risk and how risk could be reduced.

This series of blog posts by Max Scott provides insight into what it’s like to be diagnosed with and manage multiple health conditions. He shares some of the most significant moments in his healthcare and brings to life the concerns and problems some patients face.

Max is in his 50s but no longer able to work. He lives with his wife, in South-East England, who he also refers to as his “carer”, “guide”, and “memory”. Max’s story starts almost 10 years ago…

click here to read part one of Max’s story

click here to read part two of Max’s story

click here to read part three of Max’s story

click here to read part four of Max’s story

click here to read part five of Max’s story

click here to read part six of Max’s story

click here to read part seven of Max’s story

click here to read part eight of Max’s story

8 Responses to “The desperate fight to be heard, and supported, when living with the invisible struggles of Multimorbidity”

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