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.

Working with Vulnerable People: Experiences of Disability

Working with Vulnerable People: Experiences of Disability

Working with vulnerable people: Experiences of disability


  • Approaches to disability
  • The medical model of disability
  • The social model of disability
  • Inequalities experienced by disabled people
  • Health and social care practitioners working with disabled people
  • Conclusion

The relationship between long-term conditions and disability is complex; whether or not someone with a long-term condition experiences disability depends on a number of factors such as the pain associated with the condition, the effectiveness of the treatment available, age and onset of the condition, the extent to which a person self identifies as disabled and the social context of disability. Nonetheless, the trajectory of many long-term conditions, such as Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease results in physical and mental disabilities at some point (Beckett, 2009; Bradby, 2009; ...

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