Published: 6 December 2018
Author(s): Gino Roberto Corazza, Pietro Formagnana, Marco Vincenzo Lenti

Modern medicine, still largely focused on single diseases, is unprepared for managing clinical complexity (CC), which is an emerging issue. Ageing of the general population has favoured the occurrence of chronic diseases, which generate multimorbidity that has been considered for many years the main feature of CC. However, more recent studies have shown that CC is something more and different and originates from the dynamic interaction among the patient's intrinsic factors (age, gender, multimorbidity, frailty) as well as contextual factors (socioeconomic, behavioural, cultural, and environmental).

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