Integrated care for people with multi-morbidity

Some 50 million Europeans live with multi-morbidity and their numbers are likely to grow. As they have complex health problems and need ongoing care, policymakers are alarmed by the challenge this poses to their health systems and social services.

The ICARE4EU project has looked at new approaches to integrated care  and its findings are shared in five policy briefs:

  • How to improve care for people with multi-morbidity?
  • How to strengthen patient-centredness in caring for people with multi-morbidity
  • How to strengthen financing mechanisms to promote care for people with multi-morbidity
  • How can eHealth improve care for people with multi-morbidity
  • How to support integration to promote care for people with multi-morbidity

To read more about the project and download the five policy briefs on caring for people with multi-morbidity from the euro.who.int website

Multi-morbidity

There are already an estimated 50 million people in the EU suffering from two or more long-term conditions and by 2020, when a quarter of Europeans will be over 60 years of age, multi-morbidity is likely to be the norm rather than the exception.

Multi-morbidity has significant implications for the economy, labour market, social security and healthcare systems and the quality of life for citizens. A paradigm shift is needed – away from a disease-oriented approach to a patient-oriented one if this issue is to be properly addressed.

A recent conference explored the priorities for a European policy on multi-morbidity. To read about the highlights and conclusions, click here on the ec.Europa.eu website