Attaining minimally disruptive medicine: context, challenges and a roadmap for implementation

In this second of two papers on minimally disruptive medicine, we use the language of patient workload and patient capacity from the Cumulative Complexity Model to accomplish three tasks. First, we outline the current context in healthcare, comprised of contrasting problems: some people lack access to care and others receive too much care in an overmedicalised system, both of which reflect imbalances between patients’ workloads and their capacity.

Minimally disruptive medicine: the evidence and conceptual progress supporting a new era of healthcare

Patients with chronic conditions or multimorbidity, and often their caregivers, have to adjust their lives and mobilise their capacity (ability) to respond to the workload (demands) imposed by treatments and the care of their conditions. There is a continuous and complex interaction between workload and capacity. When capacity proves insufficient to address the treatment workload, creating a burden, patients may place a lower priority on other aspects of their lives, or reduce engagement with healthcare.