An "endless struggle": a qualitative study of GPs' and practice nurses' experiences of managing multimorbidity in socio-economically deprived areas of Scotland

Rosaleen O'Brien, Sally Wyke, Bruce Guthrie , Graham Watt , Stewart Mercer

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The aim of this study was to understand general practitioners’ (GPs) and practice nurses’ (PNs) experiences of managing multimorbidity in deprived areas and elicit views on what might help. Qualitative interviews with 19 GPs and PNs in four practices with a high percentage of patients living in the top 15% most deprived areas of Scotland. Data were analysed using constant comparison.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-59
Number of pages15
JournalChronic Illness
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011



  • multimorbidity
  • qualitative
  • practitioners
  • self-management

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