The Experience of Care Coordination for People Living with Multimorbidity at Risk of Hospitalisation: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Academic Article uri icon


  • Objective: There is growing interest in improving the care of people living with multimorbidity who require care coordination to help manage their health and reduce risk of hospitalisation. There has been limited past research exploring experiences of care for people living with multimorbidity. This qualitative study sought to explore the care experience of people enrolled in a care coordination intervention.Design: We interviewed 23 people living with multimorbidity enrolled in a care coordination intervention to examine their perceptions of the care experience. We used interpretative phenomenological analysis to identify themes from participants' perspectives of involvement in their care, using information to make decisions, and the meanings they made of their care experiences.Results: We identified three master themes of the participants' experience of care: Needing expert guidance, Circle of care, and I want to be spoken to like a person. We discuss these findings in the context of the recent literature on person-centred care.Conclusion: Understanding participants' experience of care reinforces the need for person-centred approaches. These findings suggest care coordination offered to people living with multimorbidity can be implemented through practical support and information alongside establishing a relationship of trust.

publication date

  • October 2, 2020