Exploring the relationship between multi-morbidity, resilience and social connectedness across the lifecourse.

Vivian Vivian Benítez Hidalgo última modificación 24/09/2013 13:07

Multi-morbidity is receiving considerable attention in public policy, health and social care. From the perspective of the individual, multi-morbidity is a more complex experience than solely having a clinical diagnosis.

 

In this article, we will argue that understanding multi-morbidity can be facilitated by considering the relationship between adversity (in this case multi-morbidity), resilience and social connectedness within a life course framework. This provides an approach that can capture the dynamics of social relationships, social connectedness and the fluctuations in the experience of multi-morbidity. We draw on a qualitative study of 17 people who have multiple conditions, but consider themselves as being able to maintain a sense of identity and self over time and in the face of adversity. From their accounts, a more varied picture emerges of living with multi-morbidity. This then depicts a more realistic representation of how each person shapes their multi-morbidity and resilient responses within their own social context, which can help to formulate more effective ways of supporting them.


Ong BN, Richardson JC, Porter T, Grime J. Exploring the relationship between multi-morbidity, resilience and social connectedness across the lifecourse. Health (London). 2013 Aug 28.

 


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Ong BN, Richardson JC, Porter T, Grime J.

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