Long-term conditions Millions of people in England live with one or more long-term physical or mental health conditions

Supporting people living with long-term conditions to take control of their health and care can lead to a better quality of life. It also plays a role in creating a more sustainable health care system.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Caring for older patients with complex needs

Long read

How does the NHS in England compare with health care systems in 11 OECD countries?

Landmark international study highlights need to reduce time that hip fracture patients spend in hospital in England

Press release
10 November 2021

Innovative international study uses electronic medical records to compare the cost and quality of care between health care systems in 11 OECD countries, including the NHS in England. 

Research reveals devastating and lasting impact of the pandemic on those asked to shield

Press release
20 October 2021

Health Foundation statement on Networked Data Lab research surrounding clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people. 

Waiting for care

Data analysis

How has the suspension of routine NHS care affected people’s health and wellbeing? This analysis explores the implications using two case studies – hip replacements and diabetes.

Long-term care spending and hospital use among the older population in England

Journal article
4 June 2021

Research on long-term care spending and hospital use among the older population in England.

The first episode rapid early intervention for eating disorders (FREED) – Upscaled study

Journal article
6 March 2021

Assessing the scalability of FREED.

New research shows the health care use of individuals with multiple conditions also depends on health of those they live with

3 March 2021

Health Foundation research shows that the health and health care needs of people living in the same household are interconnected.

The bigger picture

October 2020

In the REAL Centre's first report, we look back at the care and treatment provided by the NHS in England over the past two decades – and identify six key lessons for the future.

Cancelled NHS treatment may be storing up greater health problems for the future

Press release
8 June 2020

Health Foundation response to Understanding Society data on the reduction in treatment for people with long-term conditions.

My improvement journey: renal care

21 April 2020

Martin Wilkie reflects on his 10-year experience in renal care and explores quality improvement methodologies in the area.

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