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Uncertainty in multimorbidity: a shared experience we should recognise, acknowledge and communicate.

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Authors

Etkind, Simon Noah 

Abstract

Multimorbidity is increasingly common and inevitably results in uncertainties about health, care and the future. Such uncertainties may be experienced by patients, carers and health professionals. Given the ubiquitous presence of uncertainty, all professionals should be prepared to approach and address it in clinical practice. Uncertainty in multimorbidity can rarely be eliminated, and so, must be carefully addressed and communicated; however, there is little evidence on how to approach it. Key areas are: recognising the existence of uncertainty, acknowledging it, and communicating to achieve a shared understanding. Evaluation of what has been discussed, and preparedness to repeat such conversations are also important. Future research should explore optimal communication of uncertainty in multimorbidity.

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Keywords

Uncertainty, communication, community nursing, multimorbidity, older adults, Humans, Multimorbidity, Uncertainty, Caregivers, Health Personnel, Communication

Journal Title

Br J Community Nurs

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Journal ISSN

1462-4753
2052-2207

Volume Title

27

Publisher

Mark Allen Group