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Evidence on community based care for people with long term conditions is lacking, say experts

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3987 (Published 19 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3987
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

No good evidence exists that shifting the focus of NHS care away from hospitals to the community for people with long term conditions makes clinical or economic sense, MPs have been told.

Serious questions should be asked about winding down or merging hospitals while investing more in primary and community care, experts in economics and research told MPs on the parliamentary health select committee.

The committee held the first evidence session of its inquiry into the management of long term conditions on 18 June.

MPs asked witnesses their opinion on the view that better quality and more economic care for people with long term conditions would be achieved only by greater integration of …

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