Health  Vol.8 No.12 , September 2016
Thoughts about Person-Centered Care for the Adult Population with Multimorbidity
Abstract: Patients with multimorbidity are becoming the norm rather than the exception. The management of patients with several chronic diseases is now the most important challenge facing health care systems in developed countries. Based on the actual medical records of ambulatory care visits, this study investigated the prevalence and patterns of multimorbidity in 55 and older population. Among a cohort comprised of 300,000 beneficiaries selected randomly from the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan in 2001, 42,441 were eligible. These were followed longitudinally 10 years. The prevalence of chronic disease rose from 62.3% to 79.8% and multimorbidity rose from 57.4% to 75.7%. Multimorbidity patterns were found fell in-to four clusters: metabolic diseases, cardiac diseases, mental joints and gastrointestinal tract disorders. Hypertension and diabetes mellitus, as well as hyperplasia of the prostate in men, were the most common chronic diseases. The prevalence of chronic disease increased with age, especially high at age 75 - 79. Thought about the health care system for an ageing society is necessary. Applying the concept of customer experience and strengthening people-centered management in an integrated model of health care, enhancing knowledge and skills in the long-term management of chronic disease, revising clinical guidelines and training professionals in caring for the elderly, reinforcing preventive health services, especially in men’s health, modifying the materials for health education, and planning for health manpower resources will provide a better model to ensure the health care for people with multimorbidity.
Cite this paper: Wang, M. and Lo, Y. (2016) Thoughts about Person-Centered Care for the Adult Population with Multimorbidity. Health, 8, 1275-1287. doi: 10.4236/health.2016.812130.

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