Multimorbidity: does depression predict the onset of physical illness?

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Lydia Poole reviews a recent Canadian study examining depression as a risk factor for physical illness and multimorbidity in a cohort with no prior comorbidity.

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How can social action support service transformation?

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Caroline Storer highlights a recent Nesta report entitled “People helping people: lessons learned from three years supporting social action innovations to scale”.

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New NICE Guideline on social care support for older people with multiple long-term conditions

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Sarah Carr takes a look at a new NICE Guideline on person-centred, integrated social care support for older people with multiple long-term conditions.

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Social care for men with long term conditions: disability, masculinity and agency

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Hannah Morgan examines a study on social care for disabled men living with long term conditions and discovers the importance of agency, choice and control.

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Easter/Spring special: can pets help with long term conditions?

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For an Easter/Spring special, Sarah Carr looks at research into how pets can help people with long term conditions but how researchers may miss this in interviews.

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QVC or CQC? How people make choices about social care

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Martin Webber takes on a systematic review about choice and decision-making in health and social care by people with disabilities and long term conditions and, among other things, finds relevant evidence for personalisation and inspection.

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BME communities and self-management of long term conditions

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Clarissa Giebel considers a systematic review on user-led self-management of long term conditions for black and minority ethnic (BME) communities and weighs up what the findings mean for BME people living with chronic conditions in the UK.

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New telehealth toolkit for commissioners to support technology enabled care services

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Alison Turner blogs about a new telehealth toolkit from the NHS Commissioning Assembly, which provides a range of resources including checklists, case studies and links to the evidence base.

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“House of care” model can improve outcomes for long term conditions says new report

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A new report from the Kings Fund, Delivering better services for people with long-term conditions:  building the house of care, shares learning from the “house of care” model which was developed through the Year of Care programme and discussed in a recent workshop and series of interviews.  The “house of care” metaphor is used to [read the full story…]

“Decision-makers need to think differently about how to commission long-term condition services” says study

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The aim of this paper, written for commissioners, managers, and health decision-makers, was to look at how commissioning works for people with long-term conditions such as dementia. The authors carried out a multisite mixed methods case study research, involving three ‘commissioning communities’ and using interviews, documents, and meeting observations to reach their conclusions. A commissioning [read the full story…]