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.

Naught for Your Comfort: Quality of Primary Care for People with Long-Term Conditions

Naught for your comfort: Quality of primary care for people with long-term conditions


  • Transition to being a person with a long-term condition
  • Continuity and quality of primary care
  • Managerial responses aimed to improve the quality of care for people with stroke within primary care
  • Integrated services for people who have had a stroke

Transition to Being a Person with a Long-Term Condition

Eric was 60 years old, within days of retirement from his job as an electrical contractor, when he had a stroke. The blocked artery in his brain left him unconscious for several days and affected the power throughout the right side of his body. Ever since the stroke he has been unable to speak or propel ...

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