Novel combined management approaches to patients with diabetes, chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease

Most patients we care for today suffer from more than one chronic disease, and multimorbidity is a rapidly growing challenge. Concomitant cardiovascular disease, renal dysfunction and diabetes represent a large proportion of all patients in cardiology, nephrology and diabetology. These entities commonly overlap due to their negative effects on vascular function and an accelerated atherosclerosis progression. At the same time, a progressive subspecialisation has caused the cardiologist to treat ‘only’ the heart, nephrologists ‘only’ the kidneys and endocrinologists’ ‘only’ diabetes.

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.