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Long term conditions

A long term condition is one that can not be cured but can be managed through medication and/or therapy.

There is no definitive list of long term conditions. Conditions such as, diabetes, asthma, coronary heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and mental health issues can all be included as a long term condition. As there are many long term conditions, DH policy is generic and not disease specific.

There are around 15 million people in England with at least one long term condition. Numbers are expected to increase, in particular those with two or more conditions.

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