Understanding the health care needs of people with multiple health conditions

As the number of people with multiple health conditions grows, meeting their needs will be one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS. People with multiple conditions often have poorer quality of life and greater risk of premature death.

People with multiple conditions often have a range of consultations and treatments which can often be overwhelming for them to manage and they may need substantial support. Resourcing primary care so GPs and nurses have the time to work together with patients to manage their conditions, and ensuring that hospital care has more coordination between specialties is also important to consider.

To improve care for people with multiple conditions it is critical that the NHS long-term plan identifies and addresses the complexity of their needs. This report from The Health Foundation sets out six steps the NHS could take to achieve this.

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