NICE is considering inserting advice on common co morbidities into
guidelines in order to help GPs manage patients with multiple conditions more effectively.
Speaking at the institute's annual conference in Birmingham this week,
NICE chair Professor Mike Rawlings also revealed NICE was considering producing a separate guideline on managing co morbidities in order to 'empower' GPs.
The move comes after a study, published by The Lancet last week, found a quarter of patients had co morbidities in primary care, with much higher rates in deprived areas.
Professor Rawlings told delegates GPs often had no guidance about therelative worth of interventions for different conditions.
He said: 'We need to start developing methods in order to include multiple conditions in guidelines. It won't be easy, but we have to do it.
'We are thinking seriously about producing a guideline on dealing with co morbidities.
'Also when we produce a guideline we should look at the three most common co morbidities and how to deal with them.'
Bill O' Leary
CLAHRC for LNR
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