Many patients seeking cannabis medicines to help with symptom management fall into the category of complex chronic disease (CCD). These patients are, by definition, complex and have multiple overlapping medical problems of a chronic nature that are often difficult to treat and manage.
Patients with CCD often have unique needs, medical complexities, more complex medication regimens and functional limitations that can affect every aspect of their care and quality of life.
Complex care patients are very challenging to manage clinically, with fragmentation of their care, despite good care in each individual area or specialty, being common.
This can lead to polypharmacy, which itself may put patients at increased risk, and poorer outcomes globally with respect to quality of life and a sense of powerlessness on behalf of the patient, in addition to patient confusion about how to take complex medication regimens leading to poor compliance.