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.

International Experience of Integrating Health and Social Care for People Living with HIV

International experience of integrating health and social care for people living with HIV


  • How did HIV become a long-term condition?
  • The diverse care needs of people living with HIV
  • Integration in practice – HIV care for asylum seekers
  • Holistic care: Person-centred or patient-centred?
  • Historical context for integrating health and social care for people living with HIV
  • The continuing importance of grassroots community groups

In the European Union in 2009 there were 343,093 people known to be living with HIV (ECDC and WHO Europe, 2010). HIV is a virus which weakens the body's immune system thus making people living with the virus more susceptible to diseases. HIV can be transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse with someone living with HIV, sharing ...

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