University of Leicester
Accepted manuscript.pdf (557.3 kB)

The challenge of multimorbidity in nurse education: an international perspective.

Download (557.3 kB)
journal contribution
posted on 2019-10-21, 14:50 authored by Claire A. Rushton, Julie Green, Tiny Jaarsma, Pauline Walsh, Anna Strömberg, Umesh T. Kadam
The rise in prevalence of chronic diseases has become a global healthcare priority and a system wide approach has been called for to manage this growing epidemic. Whilst healthcare reform to tackle the scale of chronic disease and other long term conditions is still in its infancy, there is an emerging recognition that in an ageing society, people often suffer from more than one chronic disease at the same time. Multimorbidity poses new and distinct challenges and was the focus of a global conference held by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2011. Health education was raised as requiring radical redesign to equip graduates with the appropriate skills to face the challenges ahead. We wanted to explore how different aspects of multimorbidity were addressed within pre-registration nurse education and held an international (United Kingdom-Sweden) nurse workshop in Linköping, Sweden in April 2013, which included nurse academics and clinicians. We also sent questionnaire surveys to final year student nurses from both countries. This paper explores the issues of multimorbidity from a patient, healthcare and nurse education perspective and presents the preliminary discussions from the workshop and students' survey.


Funding: CR and JG were supported by an Erasmus Teaching Mobility 2012/UK Keele 0120859 Grant to undertake a teaching assignment at Linköping University, Sweden.



Nurse Education Today, 2015, 35 (1), pp. 288-292

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF LIFE SCIENCES/School of Medicine/Department of Health Sciences


  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Nurse Education Today


Elsevier for Churchill Livingstone



Acceptance date


Copyright date


Available date


Publisher version