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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26-29

Comorbidities and clinical decision support: Report of a virtual workshop led by junior doctors

1 Professional Support Unit, Health Education England London and KSS; Research Department of Medical Education, University College London, London, UK
2 Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Frimley Health NHS Trust, Frimley, UK
3 Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK
4 Foundation Programme, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston, Bristol, UK
5 Department of Emergency, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Salisbury, UK
6 King's College London, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
7 Department of Emergency, Barking Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust, London, UK
8 Clinical Director, BMJ Knowledge Centre, BMJ, London, UK

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Dr. Kieran Walsh
BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ehp.ehp_33_20

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Clinical decision support tools should have a role in the management of patients with comorbidities. But until now, these tools have offered minimal support for managing such patients. BMJ Best Practice has recently launched a new resource – the comorbidities tool from BMJ Best Practice. This article describes and contextualizes the themes discussed at a workshop with junior doctors on clinical decision support for health-care professionals on comorbidities. Comorbidities were vitally important to the clinical practice of all the doctors in the workshop, but most perceived a lack of specific teaching and support on the subject of comorbidities. Most of the doctors found it a challenge to manage patients with comorbidities and were enthusiastic about a tool that would help them overcome these challenges and improve their clinical decision-making. We found that a workshop led by junior doctors provided deep insights into the issue of clinical decision support for patients with comorbidities.

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