A Case Study of Tri-morbidity

Player, Emily, Clark, Emily, Gure-Klinke, Heidi, Walker, Jennifer and Steel, Nicholas (2020) A Case Study of Tri-morbidity. Journal of Public Mental Health. ISSN 1746-5729

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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to highlight the vulnerability of individuals living with tri-morbidity and the complexity of care required to serve this patient group, moreover to consider how a life course approach may assist. Design/methodology/approach This paper uses a case study of a death of a young male adult experiencing homelessness and tri-morbidity in the UK and comparison of the mortality data for homeless adults in the UK with the general population. A synopsis of the mental health and health inclusion guidance for vulnerable adults is used. Findings This paper found the importance of considering a life course approach and the impact of negative life events on individuals living with tri-morbidity and also the role of specialist services to support the complex needs of vulnerable adults including the importance of multi-disciplinary working and holistic care. Research limitations/implications The research implications of this study are to consider how individuals living with tri-morbidity fit in to evidence-based care. Practical implications The practical implication is to consider that those living with tri-morbidity have extra-ordinary lives often with a high concentration of negative life events. Therefore, an extra-ordinary approach to care maybe needed to ensure health inequalities are reduced. Social implications This paper is an important case highlighting health inequalities, specifically mortality, in the homeless population. Originality/value This paper is an original piece of work, with real cases discussed but anonymised according to guidance on reporting death case reports.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: case study,mental health,mortality,health inclusion,tri-morbidity
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2020 23:58
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2020 00:06
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/76912
DOI: 10.1108/JPMH-05-2020-0047

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