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
AlistairHewison

This section includes a series of chapters which examine care provision in the context of policy; the epidemiology of long-term conditions (LTCs); perceptions and assessment of risk; the role of carers in supporting people with LTCs; and the ethical challenges that arise when caring for people with LTCs. These all combine to demonstrate the range of issues that need to be considered when Delivering health and social care for people with long-term conditions.

The World Health Organization recommends comprehensive and integrated action to prevent and control chronic diseases (long-term conditions), involving a combination of population wide approaches to reduce risks, and strategies that target individuals at high risk or with established disease. However, ensuring that health and social care services can deliver this system-wide action, ...

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