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.

Worth a Risk? Risk Taking and People with Long-Term Conditions

Worth a risk? Risk taking and people with long-term conditions


  • People with long-term conditions may decide to take risks in relation to the management of their condition
  • Health and social care professionals and their employing organizations are more likely to be risk averse
  • Risk assessment is something that is done to people with long-term conditions who are expected to remain passive recipients
  • ‘Risk assessment’ is increasingly used in professional practice – but remains an imperfect tool

There is always a power differential between health and social care professionals (especially doctors and social workers), and the people who come to see them seeking help. When people have a long-term condition – particularly longstanding mental distress – this differential becomes even more ...

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