Royal College of General Practitioners launches guide to managing long term conditions

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 08 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5623
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The Royal College of General Practitioners is urging family doctors in England to let patients with long term conditions take an active role in managing their own healthcare.

The college has issued guidance setting out how GPs can “provide active support” to ensure that patients are in charge of their own care, amid a reluctance among doctors to relinquish control.

The guidance says: “There is good evidence that our care of people with [long term conditions] can be improved. Patients tell us that they want us to do more to support their own self care. However, the evidence also tells us that this is not happening.

“While 95% of people with diabetes, for example, are seen annually, only 50% discuss a plan to manage their diabetes and …

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