We have produced this section about multiple health problems as a resource for people who live with two or more medical conditions and for their health professionals and carers. Here you can find out about the challenges and impact of living with multiple health problems. You can see and hear 38 people sharing their stories about the effects of health problems on their lives and their experiences of using health services. They talk about how they deal with the challenges brought by multiple health problems, for example by prioritising which health problem is the most important. They talk about where the health service has worked well and where it hasn't worked so well. Advice for patients and recommendations for improving care are offered. We hope you find the information helpful. If you are looking for advice about a specific health condition (e.g. diabetes or epilepsy) please refer to other sections of the website.
This is a summary of independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre; the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (Award no. 242, 2014/15); and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinician Scientist Award “Improving the management of long term conditions with the clinical use of patient reported outcome measures in Primary Care” (NIHR/CS/010/024). The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.
Publication date: September 2016
Review date: September 2018