Long term conditions affect over 15 million people in England and account for 70% of health and social care spending. Interventions to improve quality of life in patients with long term conditions often focus on improving primary care to reduce hospital use. However, evidence is equivocal on whether improving primary care management of long term conditions does reduce hospital use and costs.
Principal investigator: Dr Jessica Sheringham, UCL
Start date and duration: January 2014, twelve months
Partners and collaborators involved: UCL; Barking & Dagenham, Havering & Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group cluster; Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group, Nuffield Trust, Barking & Dagenham and Havering Breathe Easy Groups.