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.

The measurement maze

November 2019

Our briefing suggests there's potential to make better use of quality measurement to improve quality of care.

A descriptive analysis of health care use by high cost, high need patients in England

Working paper
October 2019

This paper explores health care use by the top 5% of users of primary and secondary care services by cost.

Computation of adherence to medicines to assist clinicians in the outpatient setting

Improvement project

This project will use the programming language R to analyse prescription data to provide clinicians with adherence estimates and visualisation of medication histories at the point of care.

Catalysing improvement in renal care

Newsletter feature
30 July 2019

We take a look at some of the projects we’ve funded – to the tune of £3.5m – to improve the quality of renal care across the UK. 

Practical insights on mental and physical health

9 July 2019

How can we improve care for people with both mental and physical health problems? The Q Lab shares early findings.

Longer waits for treatment show large gap between demand and funding for NHS care

Press release
12 June 2019

Health Foundation responds to Public Accounts Committee report on NHS waiting times for elective and cancer treatment.

Weekend admissions may be associated with poorer recording of long-term comorbidities

Journal article
21 March 2019

A prospective study of emergency admissions using administrative data

Shared Medical Appointments for patients with chronic pain

Improvement project

This project is aiming to increase self-management and peer support in patients with chronic pain, and to reduce opioid medication use.

People in most deprived areas of England develop multiple health conditions 10 years earlier than those in least deprived

Press release
13 November 2018

People in the most deprived areas in England can expect to have two or more health conditions at 61 years.

Understanding the health care needs of people with multiple health conditions

November 2018

As the number of people with multiple health conditions grows, meeting their needs will be one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS.

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