Supporting patients to manage their long-term condition(s)
15.4 million people in England (over a quarter of the population) have a long-term condition, and this group uses a significant proportion of healthcare services. The NHS aims to support people with long-term conditions to be as independent and as healthy as possible, preventing complications and the need to go into hospital.
The figures below show how many people felt supported to manage their long-term conditions when responding to the GP Patient Survey. There is probably selection bias here, given that the people answering the survey are already receiving some form of care and possibly overestimates the number of people who feel supported in the general population. For more information, including technical methodology, please see the GP patient survey website. The majority of data points represent the data reported for financial years except for those covering July 2013 to March 2014, which represent responses to questionnaires sent in two waves, from July to September 2013 and January to March 2014. To reflect that they do not represent a full financial year, possibly overlap slightly with 2012/13 data and therefore are not fully comparable to the other data points in the series, these data points are shaded a different colour.
The number of respondents to the GP patient survey has decreased year on year from 2,169,718 patients in 2009/10 to 903,357 for July 2013 to March 2014, which relates to participation rates of 39% in 2009/10 and 34% between July 2013 and March 2014.
For more information, including technical methodology please see the GP patient survey website
The 2015/16 breakdown by deprivation is calculated using the 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) scores. Previous years' deprivation data are not comparable since they were calculated using the 2010 IMD scores, and therefore these data are not shown.