Some people have always had to find ways of living with long term conditions such as diabetes or celiac disease, but as people live longer, increasing numbers of us now experience long-term poor health. While some conditions that previously limited the length of life are manageable a growing number of people live with long-term conditions. Against this backdrop, Long-Term Conditions explores the complex issues surrounding the experience of long-term illness and the enormous pressure this puts on individuals, their families and careers and on health and social care services.

The perspectives of each of these groups are voiced within this book, with chapters written by people who use health and social care services, careers, policy-makers and practitioners.

Using a variety of research methods to get to the heart of the matter, the book probes assumptions about the experience of long-term poor health and what constitutes good care. Its aim is to challenge readers to think critically about existing policy and provision and to inspire change based on sound evidence and a drive towards greater multi-professional working.

Long-Term Conditions provides academics, practitioners and students with a thorough grounding in the complex issues surrounding the experience and management of long-term illness. It is an ideal text for courses on policy, management and practice in health and social care.

Introduction

Introduction
Cathy E.Lloyd

People currently living in developed countries can expect to live longer than their predecessors, but at the same time are faced with the likelihood that they will be diagnosed with one or more long-term conditions during their extended lifetime. This has implications for formal and informal health and social care services in these countries because people will increasingly need more care for longer periods of time. Previous research has traditionally been seen from the perspective of health care professionals and has often focused on biomedical cures for disease rather than on ways that people may be able to cope with conditions that are not curable, only manageable. More recently there has been a shift towards research that focuses on managing long-term conditions in order ...

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