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Appreciation of Dr. Martin Fortin’s work on multimorbidity

Dr. Martin Fortin is one of the 5 founders the International Research Community on Multimorbidity. He is still a dedicated and active member of the community and its online blog. In the last few weeks, Dr. Fortin’s contribution in advancing knowledge on multimorbidity in primary care deserved the attention from two sources:
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) Induction Ceremony was held in Ottawa on September 14, 2017. This year, the Academy welcomed 52 new members. Among this group, Dr. Martin Fortin received this honour for his career as a family physician, teacher and researcher. Induction into CAHS is considered one of the highest and prestigious honours for members of the health sciences community in Canada.
Canadian Family Physician
Dr. Martin Fortin’s work was the subject of the cover story of the Canadian Family Physician’s journal. The article, written by Sarah de Leeuw, is titled: Courage, relationships, and applicability – Big research from small places. The article describes Dr. Fortin’s journey and research on the topic of multimorbidity in a regional context. Dr. Fortin is the Research Chair on Chronic Diseases in Primary Care.
To read the article: www.cfp.ca
Congratulations Dr. Fortin!

‘Addressing the global challenge of multimorbidity’: Call for written evidence

The Academy of Medical Sciences has recently launched a new working group project on ‘Addressing the global challenge of multimorbidity’ and is seeking your views on multimorbidity as an international health challenge.

Throughout the world, as life expectancy increases, the population incidence of non-communicable diseases is also increasing. Further, communicable diseases, with both their short and long term sequelae, continue to affect millions of people every year. Together, all of these factors mean that multimorbidity has become, and will increasingly be, an international health challenge.

However, currently there is no commonly used framework for defining or more widely understanding multimorbidity. Further, most health related research is currently focused on the prevention and management of disorders in isolation. Consequently, it is difficult to compile a coherent body of research in this area or develop evidence-based strategies for use in healthcare systems. In order to address the challenge of multimorbidity, we must understand the problem better.

The questions outlined in the call for written evidence have therefore been developed to gather information on the definition(s) of multimorbidity, better understand the current knowledge base on multimorbidity as an international health challenge, and to gather opinions about future priorities and opportunities.

This call is part of our process of gathering external input into the project, and we would welcome responses from external stakeholders, including researchers, healthcare professionals, research institutions, funders, industry, patients and members of the public.

The deadline for submission is 30 November 2016.

For more information about the project and to submit a response, please visit the Academy’s website. If you have any questions, please contact Dr Rachel Brown (rachel.brown@acmedsci.ac.uk).

Happy holidays

Conference Personalized Geriatric Medicine


The Swedish Society of Medicine is inviting to a 3-day international conference called “Personalized Geriatric Medicine”, in Stockholm/Sweden August 20-22, 2014. The conference is arranged in collaboration with the Swedish Society for Geriatric Medicine, European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS), Karolinska Institutet and The Swedish Research Council.
The program will focus on management of individual frail, multimorbid elderly people over time in relation to medical quality, patient safety, education/training and research/development. World leading researchers are invited as speakers and will present state-of-the-art lectures. We aim to highlight the potential of Geriatric Medicine to improve the quality of multi-domain analysis, management/care and follow-up over time in individual multimorbid, elderly people. The potential of the medical record to serve as a much longed for “geroscope” will be highlighted. Each symposium day includes group discussions, where the participants and speakers meet to discuss various themes more personal and in-depth.
The conference is hoped to attract scientists, clinicians from different medical specialities, health care staff groups, stakeholders and others with interest in various aspects of improving health care, assessment and managment/care of multimorbid, elderly people.
For more information about the conference and how to register, please visit the conference homepage: http://www.sls.se/Utbildning/Berzeliussymposier/geriatricmedicine/.

Welcome to Stockholm in August 2014!
Stockholm, Sweden March 10, 2014

On behalf of the Organizing committee

Gunnar Akner
Professor in Geriatric Medicine, Senior physician

Looking for a consensus for a definition of multimorbidity: the results

We have computed the results of the survey we conducted recently on the definition of multimorbidity.

We received 55 responses from 16 countries. The distribution of respondents by country (in alphabetic order) was: Australia 4, Brazil 1, Canada 10, China 1, Egypt 1, Germany 1, India 1, Indonesia 1, Ireland 6, Netherlands 4,  South Korea 1, Spain 6, Switzerland 1, Turkey 1, United Kingdom 10 (3 of them from Scotland), United States of America 6.

Answers to the question “which definition do you think should be used for multimorbidity?” were as follows:

Comments associated with the responses to the last item are shown below as replies to this posting. We welcome more comments on this subject that can also be written as replies to the posting.

We want to thank all participants who shared their view on this subject.

The International Research Community on Multimorbidity