Long-term conditions

  • Over 30 per cent of all people say that they suffer from a long-term condition.18
    • This group account for 52 per cent of all GP appointments, 65 per cent of all outpatient appointments and 72 per cent of all inpatient bed days.23
    • 70% of NHS spending goes on the treatment of LTCs, a great deal of which currently involves treatment in acute hospitals.23
  • People with one long-term condition are two to three times more likely to develop depression than the rest of the population. People with three or more conditions are seven times more likely to have depression
  • Mental health problems such as depression are much more common in people with physical illness. Having co-morbid physical and mental health problems delays recovery from both
  • Adults with both physical and mental health problems are much less likely to be in employment
  • Depression in people with coronary heart disease (CHD) predicts further coronary events and greater impairment in health-related quality of life. Depressed individuals with CHD are more than twice as likely to die as those with CHD alone.24-25
  • Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a higher prevalence of anxiety and depression than the general population26-27; it is estimated that up to 40% of COPD patients have symptoms of depression and 34% anxiety.28 Psychological distress (such as anxiety and depression) can have an impact on symptoms and on how people manage their condition.29