AM Abu Dabrh, K Gallacher, KR Boehmer, IG Hargraves, FS Mair
Journal Issue: 
Volume 45: Issue 2: 2015


Patients with chronic conditions or multimorbidity, and often their caregivers, have to adjust their lives and mobilise their capacity (ability) to respond to the workload (demands) imposed by treatments and the care of their conditions. There is a continuous and complex interaction between workload and capacity. When capacity proves insufficient to address the treatment workload, creating a burden, patients may place a lower priority on other aspects of their lives, or reduce engagement with healthcare. Guidelines usually focus on disease-centred outcomes without consideration of limited capacity or demanding workload (burden) from treatment regimens. It seems reasonable to consider that healthcare needs reshaping so that care that pursues goals important to patients as well as those suggested by evidence-based medicine. This can be achieved by using shared decision approaches guided by the expertise of clinicians to deliver optimal care while minimising the burden of treatment on patients, their caregivers, and the healthcare system. What we need is minimally disruptive medicine.