Patients with multimorbidity are a vulnerable patient population with complex care needs. Unfortunately, the current primary care is not fully adapted to these needs. As a result of this these patients do not receive the optimal care they need – with all the associated consequences. Sanne Kuipers MSc conducted research into this for her PhD thesis, titled “Patient-Centered Primary Care for Patients with Multimorbidity”.
Sanne Kuipers’ dissertation shows that investing in the eight dimensions of person-centred care is very valuable for improving primary care for patients with multimorbidity.
In collaboration with seven general practices in Noord-Brabant, the Netherlands, a programme was evaluated with the main objective to improve primary patient-centred care delivery to patients with multimorbidity. Over the course of a year, these practices have worked hard and the results speak for themselves: putting the patient first and tailoring care to their needs and preferences not only improves their satisfaction with care, but also their physical and social well-being. A valuable and unique finding.
Kuipers’ research offers new perspectives on the provision of care to patients with multimorbidity. The research also reveals possibilities and interventions for doing so. There are certainly a number of challenges ahead with regard to effective implementation. Nevertheless, this thesis shows that promising possibilities lie within reach to offer patients with multimorbidity the care they need. Patient-oriented care pays off!