New long term conditions compendium from the Department of Health


Commissioners, health professionals and social care professionals will all be interested in the new Long Term Conditions Compendium of Information published by the Department of Health.

This third edition updates the version produced in 2008 and provides the evidence for improving care and outcomes for people with long-term conditions.

70% of the total health and care spend in England is attributed to caring for people with long term conditions, which means that 30% of the population account for 70% of the spend.

A long-term condition is defined as a condition that cannot, at present, be cured but is controlled by medication and/or other treatment/therapies.

Depression is one of the most prevalent long-term conditions alongside hypertension and asthma.  The compendium includes a section on mental health, which has information on unexplained somatic complaints and cognitive behavioural therapy.


Long Term Conditions Compendium of Information: third edition (PDF). Department of Health, 30 May 2012.

Department of Health – Long-term conditions strategy website

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André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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