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NIHR theme 2017: complex health and care needs in older people

Date: 04 July 2017

highlight notice has been issued in older people with complex health and care needs. This will build on the 2015 NIHR Themed Call in multimorbidities.

Over 16 million people in the UK live with one or more long-term health conditions. Treatments associated with these conditions account for 70% of NHS expenditure. The aging population and the increase in the numbers of patients with more complex heath needs pose a growing challenge to society and the NHS. Although there is a strong clinical evidence base for the management of individual diseases, there is very little evidence relating to the risks associated with multimorbidity, polypharmacy or the issues of most importance to patients.

This notice indicates our continuing interest in receiving research proposals in this area, and particularly those addressing the following key themes:

  • Frailty
  • Transitions in care, service delivery and models of care
  • Medicines management/polypharmacy
  • Promoting healthy ageing/preventing ill health
  • Patient-centred decision making.

You can find more information about this call and these five themes on the Themed Calls webpage.

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    A highlight notice has been issued in the area of older people with complex health and care needs.
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