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.

Coeliac Disease: Psychosocial Factors in Adults and Children

Coeliac disease: Psychosocial factors in adults and children
Ruth A.Howard
G. UrquhartLaw
Jane L.Petty


  • The psychosocial consequences of living with and managing coeliac disease
  • Dietary self-management and psychological well-being in children, young people and adults with the condition: Current research
  • Recommendations for further research and interventions

Coeliac Disease Diagnosis and Its Management

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition triggered by gluten, a protein found in many foods. All of us carry a naturally occurring enzyme called tissue transglutaminase (tTG). People with coeliac disease develop anti-tTG antibodies which react to the presence of gluten in the diet and trigger the immune system. T-cells in the immune system then mistakenly attack the small intestine, causing inflammation and damage. The intestine is lined with small, finger-like projections called ...

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