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
TomHeller

This section contains five chapters that consider various aspects of working with people with long-term conditions from very different viewpoints. Because the authors approach the subject area from different directions the totality of the section covers many of the most important aspects of this topic.

The first chapter in this section, ‘How to Make Health and Social Care Research Radical and Really, Really Useful’, looks at the way that people with long-term conditions can and should be involved in research that deals with the issues that are central to their lives. The chapter is presented in the form of a heart-felt debate between the two authors: Rachel Purtell, who is a long-term user of health and social care services, and Andy Gibson, an experienced researcher and ...

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