Notes to editors
1. For further information or interviews, please contact the King’s Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585, or 07831 554927. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
2. Self-management for long-term conditions: Patients' perspectives on the way ahead, by Sara Corben and Rebecca Rosen, is available on The King's Fund website.
3. Millions of people in the UK are living with long-term conditions such as asthma or diabetes. Up to a quarter of those affected have more severe symptoms and are at higher risk of hospital admission. Most, however, are leading full and active lives with only occasional contact with health professionals and provide much of their care themselves, altering drug doses and adapting their lifestyles in response to subtle changes in symptoms. These decisions and behaviours constitute ‘self-management’ of long-term conditions and affect a patient’s overall health and well-being significantly.
4. This King’s Fund report has been written in response to growing interest among policy makers, clinicians and patients in self-management of long-term conditions. It forms part of a wider programme of work the King’s Fund is conducting on long-term conditions covering:
• the identification of people at highest risk of ill health
• the effectiveness of case-managing people at high risk of hospital admission
• qualitative studies of health care use by people with long-term conditions
• work on the impact of current incentives on people with long-term conditions.
5. The King’s Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through funding. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership development programmes; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.