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Long-term conditions

(4th Novmeber 2013)

The King's Fund has published 'Delivering better services for people with long-term conditions: building the house of care'. The paper describes a co-ordinated service delivery model the 'house of care' that aims to deliver proactive, holistic and patient-centred care for people with long-term conditions. It incorporates learning from a number of sites in England that are working to achieve these goals, and makes recommendations on how key stakeholders can work together to improve care for people with long-term conditions.

The model differs from others in two important ways: it encompasses all people with long-term conditions (not just those with a single disease or in high-risk groups) and it assumes an active role for patients, with collaborative personalised care planning at its heart.