The Clinically Complex Patient

The Clinically Complex Patient

The Clinically Complex Patient

The Clinically Complex Patient

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The term complex is becoming more widely used to describe patients. It is the consensus among many healthcare professionals that a complex patient is one who has multiple chronic conditions or comorbidities exacerbated by multiple detrimental social determinants. Many of these complex patients generally have poor healthcare management and less use of preventable services. Recently, the number of complex patients has risen rapidly. In 2010, 31.5% of all Americans had multiple chronic conditions. Many of these patients are from the baby boom era; however, research has shown that there is an increase in the number of complex patients in all age groups. There has been a marked increase in the number of patients seeking care because of the aging population, as well as the growth of the population. Many different types of people are affected by chronic disease. However, older people and women have reported that they have one or more chronic condition.

COURSE INFORMATION

1 hrsValid for 12 monthsCreated 2019-11-21Updated 2019-11-21

Course Objectives

  • Describe the typology of patient complexity.
  • Understand common cluster comorbidities.
  • Identify factors leading to an increase in patient complexity.
  • Recognize evidence-based guidelines for the identification and care of the complex patient.
  • Comprehend the population health impact of complex patients.

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