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Forty-eight percent of older adults have three or more chronic conditions, and the number of older adults with multiple chronic conditions will continue to increase dramatically. Multimorbidity independently predicts adverse outcomes, including quality of life, mortality, disability, and complications of treatment beyond the effects of the individual conditions. Currently, there is a significant gap in our understanding of how best to provide care for patients with multimorbidity.
In recent work, Johns Hopkins researchers, led by Dr. Cynthia Boyd, have shown that implementing multiple single-disease clinical practice guidelines in older adults with multimorbidity may result in polypharmacy and nonadherence, both of which detrimentally influence patient safety and clinical outcomes. Additional work has demonstrated how the entire process of clinical practice guideline development will need to be modified in order to develop appropriate clinical practice guidelines for patients with multimorbidity.
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John Bridges, PhD
Sydney Dy, MD, MSc
Milo Puhan, MD, PhD
Cynthia Rand, PhD
Jodi Segal, MD, MPH
Sonal Singh, MD, MPH
Katrin Uhlig, MD, MS
Ravi Varadhan, PhD
Jennifer Wolff, PhD
Qian-li Xue, PhD
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