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.

Disability and Illness: The Perspective of People Living with a Long-Term Condition

Disability and illness: The perspective of people living with a long-term condition
Cathy E.Lloyd


  • Ways of looking at impairment, disability and illness
  • Why a long-term condition can be perceived as both an illness and a disability
  • The invisibility of disabilities
  • Disability and the self
  • Disability as both sickness and health

Demographic changes are certain to mean that there will continue to be an increase in the total number of people with long-term conditions and disabilities in the UK (Office for National Statistics, 2009; Shakespeare and Watson, 2002). Translated into actual numbers, the Office for Disability Issues (2008) estimated that there were nearly 10 million disabled adults in the UK, with around 5 million of these people being over state pension ...

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