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Call for Papers - Multimorbidity in Primary Care

Guest Editors:
Lloyd D Hughes
(NHS Tayside, United Kingdom)
Filipe Prazeres (University of Beira Interior, Portugal)
Ingmar Schäfer (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany)
Jean Karl Soler (European General Practice Research Network, Malta)

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 15 April 2023


BMC Primary Care is calling for submissions to our Collection on Multimorbidity in Primary Care. The provision of primary care services for patients with multimorbidity presents many challenges, with fragmented care, polypharmacy, and iatrogenic harm being some of them. Primary care for multimorbid patients is limited and complex, and often requires an interprofessional team approach. Despite the well documented challenges associated with multimorbidity in primary care, recent systematic reviews show the lack of efficient interventions.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Lloyd D Hughes, NHS Tayside, United Kingdom

Lloyd graduated from the University of Dundee and completed his academic foundation training in Tayside before moving to complete a geriatric medicine fellowship in Edinburgh. He completed his GP training in Fife in 2020. The geriatric fellowship proved to be rewarding as Lloyd developed his research into the area of multimorbidity and during his time in Dundee looked at targeted treatment for multimorbidity within the geriatric setting. He has published several peer-reviewed publications in the area of multimorbidity, and currently, Lloyd is working toward completing his PhD looking at health management and service delivery for individuals with multimorbidity as a NES Academic Fellow at the University of St Andrews.


Filipe Prazeres, University of Beira Interior, Portugal

Filipe Prazeres is a Family Physician and an Invited Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences – University of Beira Interior – Portugal. He is also an integrated doctoral researcher in the Health for All research group, in the Research Line (LT1) - Preventive Medicine & Societal Challenges - Center for Health Technology and Services Research (CINTESIS). He has a PhD in Medicine and his research interest is focused on patients who present multiple chronic medical conditions (multimorbidity) in primary care settings.


Ingmar Schäfer, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany

Born 1974 in Goslar am Harz, Germany. Studied sociology, psychology, law and philosophy in Wuppertal and Hamburg and did his PhD in 2014. Since 2006, he has worked at the Institute and Outpatients Clinic of General Practice/Primary Care at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. One focus of his research is the quality of primary care for older patients with multimorbidity. Further research interests are low subjective treatment urgency in emergency care, as well as socially disadvantaged groups, the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and digitalisation in the context of primary care.


Jean Karl Soler, European General Practice Research Network, Malta

Jean Karl Soler is a Family Doctor and Specialist in occupational medicine, and a keen primary care researcher interested in the epidemiology of family medicine and the process of diagnosis in primary care. He has also published about burnout and the use of electronic medical records for research.

About the collection

BMC Primary Care is calling for submissions to our Collection on Multimorbidity in Primary Care. 




Multimorbidity refers to the co-existence of two or more chronic conditions, which can either be:

  • A physical non-communicable disease of long duration
  • A mental health condition of long duration
  • An infectious disease of long duration

The provision of primary care services for patients with multimorbidity presents many challenges, with fragmented care, polypharmacy, and iatrogenic harm being some of them. Primary care for multimorbid patients is limited and complex, and often requires an interprofessional team approach. Despite the well documented challenges associated with multimorbidity in primary care, recent systematic reviews show the lack of efficient interventions.

This collection welcomes submissions that contribute to our understanding of multimorbidity, including:

  • Multimorbidity through the lenses of the patient, family, carers, and primary care worker
  • Complexity in the context of multimorbidity
  • Clustering of multimorbidity patterns across the life cycle
  • Physical-mental health multimorbidity
  • Quality of life measures for patients with multimorbidity
  • Social determinants of health and vulnerable populations with multimorbidity
  • Evidence-based treatment strategies and interventions for patients with multimorbidity
  • International perspectives on multimorbidity, including challenges, best practice, and opportunities for change
  • Measuring the quality of care for patients with multimorbidity (e.g. quality indicators)

There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system Editorial Manager. During the submission process you will be prompted to declare whether you are submitting to a collection or thematic series, select "yes"and then select from the following options "Multimorbidity in Primary Care".

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

Data sets and descriptions relevant to the collection will be considered in BMC Research Notes as Data Notes. You can find out more about this article type here. This type of content will be published in BMC Research Notes and included in the final collection.