Services for patients with long term conditions must be reconfigured, says meeting

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 12 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2316
  1. Tessa Richards
  1. 1BMJ

A third of people in England have one or more chronic diseases, and costly NHS services designed primarily for acute care must be reconfigured to meet their needs, a meeting in London has heard.

Involving patients, families, and communities in the management of long term conditions could not only improve health outcomes but save the NHS over £4.4bn a year, it heard.

The meeting was convened to discuss new models of community based care that were co- developed by health professionals, patients, patients’ organisations, and charitable and voluntary groups and to further …

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