Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Clinical Review

Managing patients with multimorbidity in primary care

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 20 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h176

Rapid Response:

Multimorbidity poses a number of complex challenges for the NHS health systems, patients and clinicians. In November 2014, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Royal College of General Practitioners jointly hosted a Multimorbidity Research Workshop, attended by more than fifty leading experts in managing long-term conditions (Hobbs, Baker & Davies BJGP in press). Part of the aims of the workshop was to identify and to prioritise questions for research which might improve patient experience and management, both in primary and hospital care. This highlighted the comparative lack of evidence, other than descriptive surveys, to guide clinical practice.

This has led to a NIHR themed research call on multimorbidity in older people, launched on 27 January 2015 ( This call will support research which aims to enable patients with more than one long-term condition to maintain their capabilities and quality of life, and support the NHS to achieve this. Examples of suitable research might include management of multimorbidity, interventions that prevent acute admission to hospital, new approaches to the delivery of services to support a patient centred approach to care, or promotion of health and active life in older age. Further details of closing dates and how to apply are available on the website.

Competing interests: My position is funded by NIHR

27 January 2015
Tom Walley
Director NIHR HTA programme
Liverpool L69 3GF