Essential facts, stats and quotes relating to long-term conditions

Published on: 17th August 2015 | Updated on: 28th March 2022

This page contains facts, stats and quotes that LPC members may find useful when writing business cases or developing resources to support the commissioning of certain services.

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NHS England, Enhancing the Quality of Life for People Living with Long Term Conditions (LTCs)

  • About 26 million people in England have at least one LTC.
  • 10 million have two or more LTCs, 1 million with frailty, 0.5 million at end of life.
  • There’s a three-fold increase in cost of health care for those with frailty.
  • 15% of young adults aged 11-15 have an LTC.
  • Only 59% of people living with LTCs are in work, compared with 72% of the general population.

NHS England, Long-term conditions (LTCs) infographic

  • People living with a long term condition are more likely to use health and care services.
  •  People living with a long term condition are less likely to be working than the general population; 72% of the general population are in work whereas 59% of people with LTCs are in work. Only 35% of people with a mental health condition are in work.
  •  Of the people who report that they live with long term conditions, 24% have two LTCs and 20% live with three or more LTCs.
  • 72% of people with long term conditions use their care plan to manage everyday health.
  • 18% of people living with a long term condition smoke.
  • Long-term conditions account for:
    • 50% of all GP appointments;
    • 64% of all hospital outpatients appointments;
    • 70% of all hospital bed days; and
    • 70% of health and care spend.
  • 64% of people living with long-term conditions, at present say they feel supported, so there is room for improvement.
  • 5.4% of people with long term conditions have a written care plan.

Institute for Public Policy Research, Patients in Control – Why people with long-term conditions must be empowered (September 2014)

  • Over three-quarters of respondents (77%) from a survey of over 2,500 people with long-term conditions thought that more of their ongoing health problems could and should be managed independently at home – including more than seven in 10 people who use clinical services frequently. Only 3% rejected the idea.
  • Three-quarters (75%) of respondents agreed or somewhat agreed with the proposition that if they had better information and support they could become more expert at self-managing more of their care independently at home. People under 40 were more likely to agree with this statement than people over 40, and people on lower incomes more likely to strongly agree than others.

Department of Health, Long-term conditions: compendium of information: Third Edition (May 2012)

  • Fifteen million people in England have one or more long-term health conditions, and the number of people with multiple conditions is rising.
  • The Department of Health states that ‘around 70% of the total healthcare spend in England is attributed to caring for people with long-term conditions’ and ‘people with long-term conditions account for 50 per cent of all GP appointments’.
  • The majority of people aged over 65 have two or more long-term conditions; the majority of over 75s have three of more; and overall, the number of people with multiple conditions is rising.

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