Easier said than done: Healthcare professionals’ barriers to the provision of patient-centered primary care to patients with multimorbidity

Sanne J. Kuipers*, Anna P. Nieboer, Jane M. Cramm

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Patient-centered care (PCC) has the potential to entail tailored primary care delivery ac-cording to the needs of patients with multimorbidity (two or more co-existing chronic conditions). To make primary care for these patients more patient centered, insight on healthcare professionals’ perceived PCC implementation barriers is needed. In this study, healthcare professionals’ perceived barriers to primary PCC delivery to patients with multimorbidity were investigated using a con-structivist qualitative design based on semi-structured interviews with nine general and nurse practitioners from seven general practices in the Netherlands. Purposive sampling was used, and the interview content was analyzed to generate themes representing experienced barriers. Barriers were identified in all eight PCC dimensions (patient preferences, information and education, access to care, physical comfort, emotional support, family and friends, continuity and transition, and coordination of care). They include difficulties achieving mutual understanding between patients and healthcare professionals, professionals’ lack of training and education in new skills, data protection laws that impede adequate documentation and information sharing, time pressure, and conflicting financial incentives. These barriers pose true challenges to effective, sustainable PCC implementation at the patient, organizational, and national levels. Further improvement of primary care delivery to patients with multimorbidity is needed to overcome these barriers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6057
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2021

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