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Chronic conditions

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Chronic conditions, such as arthritis, epilepsy, and diabetes, are among the leading causes of illness and death in Wales.

These conditions are usually lifelong, cannot be cured, but can be controlled and actively managed. They can present many problems to individual health as well as a number of challenges to the wider aspects of life including education, employment, and social relationships.

Managing and treating people with chronic conditions is  increasing pressures on the NHS and other public services. This is particularly true of GP and hospital services. For example where there is an impact on unplanned emergency admissions, length of stay in hospital, quality of patient care and waiting times.

We are taking steps to improve the health and well-being of people with chronic conditions and prevent the development of those conditions where possible.

Agreeing individual care with people who have long term conditions

This guidance explains what a care plan is and the core characteristics of agreeing care. It highlights some of the benefits for both individuals and for professionals.