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Just 3% of patients with long term conditions have a written care plan, study finds

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4396 (Published 21 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4396
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Just 3% of patients with long term conditions have a written care plan and large numbers of people are not as involved in their healthcare decisions as they want to be, a study has found.

A study by National Voices, a coalition of over 160 health and care charities, collated patient and service user reported data from 19 England-wide surveys.

It found that just over half (54%) of the 808 332 respondents to the 2017 General Practice Patient Survey identified themselves as having one or more long term conditions and, of these, 3% said they had a written care …

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