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Themed Call: Multimorbidities (2015)


Published: 12 February 2020

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Date opened: January 2015
Date closed: December 2015

In early 2015, the NIHR issued a call for research into the evaluation of interventions or services delivered for older people with multimorbidity (defined as the co-occurrence of two or more chronic conditions in one person). The call was an initiative by the NIHR in recognition of the need for further research-based evidence to support the delivery of best care to people with multimorbidities and to enable them to maintain their capabilities and quality of life. 

This call supported:

  • Capacity building across a wide range of primary care disciplines and,
  • Increasing the volume of high-quality research on the effectiveness, delivery and organisation of specialist and community-based interventions and services.

The call was particularly interested in applications that addressed the: 

  • management of multimorbidity or interventions that prevent acute admission to hospital.
  • effectiveness of existing or new interventions.
  • benefits of new approaches to the delivery of services to support a patient centred approach to care.
  • best strategy for dealing with several management options, including both pharmaceutical options and multiple health related behaviours.
  • promotion of health and active life in older age
  • evaluation of interventions or services by utilizing pre-existing/routine data. Studies may include data linkage.

Participating programmes

The following NIHR-managed research programmes participated:

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME)
Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)
Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
Invention for Innovation (i4i)
Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)
Public Health Research (PHR)
Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)
NIHR Fellowships

Funded research

For more information on research funded in this area, please visit NIHR Open Data.