Community assets and multimorbidity: a qualitative scoping

Kordowicz, Maria and Hack-polay, Dieu (2021) Community assets and multimorbidity: a qualitative scoping. PLoS ONE, 16 (2). e0246856. ISSN 1932-6203

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Little is known of how community assets can play a role in multimorbidity care provision. Using a rapid ethnographic approach, the study explored perceptions of the role of community assets in how multimorbidity is managed within Southwark and Lambeth in Southeast London, England. The scoping work comprised of four micro-studies covering (1) Rapid review of the literature (2) Documentary analysis of publicly available local policy documents (3) Thematic analysis of community stories and (4) Semi-structured stakeholder interviews. The data were analysed using framework thematic analysis. Themes are presented for each of the microstudies. The literature review analysis highlights the role of attitudes and understandings in the management of multiple long-term conditions and the need to move beyond silos in their management. Documentary analysis identifies a resource poor climate, whilst recognising the role of community assets and solution-focussed interventions in the management of multimorbidity. Community patient stories underline the lack of joined up care, and psychosocial issues such as the loss of control and reducing isolation. The stakeholder interview analysis reveals again a sense of disjointed care, the need for holism in the understanding and treatment of multimorbidity, whilst recognising the important role of community-based approaches, beyond the biomedical model. Recommendations stemming from the study’s findings are proposed. Upholding access to and resourcing community assets have key practical importance.

Keywords:Multimorbidity, Community assets, Rapid literature review, Scoping study
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B710 Community Nursing
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L330 Ethnic studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:44562
Deposited On:12 Apr 2021 09:54

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