This patient needs complex treatment, stat

14 March 2010

A release from the UK’s Department of Health came past my inbox the other day. It’s a wonder that anyone reading the report has any clue how to follow its recommendations on the “primary health care needs of vulnerable groups”. A sample:

[The report] concluded that considerable progress has been made, but also highlighted that socially excluded groups often have complex needs and require a sophisticated and flexible response from service providers.

Really? No wonder it’s complex, you could spend ages wondering out how to spot the condition.