Long-term conditions (LTCs) are diseases or health conditions that last a year or more and include diseases such as diabetes, asthma, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, mental ill health, and a range of disabling neurological conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

LTCs have a significant impact on quality of life, both of the individual and his or her family. The incidence of LTC increases with increasing age, and older people are often living with more than one condition. A large proportion of health and social care resources are used to treat and support people with LTCs.

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