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What is a long-term condition?

A long-term condition is a health problem that can’t, at the present time, be cured but can be controlled by medication and other therapies. Long-term conditions impact on a person’s life and need ongoing care and support. Examples include Type 1 diabetes, asthma, eczema, long-term pain, inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease, thyroid problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), epilepsy, juvenile arthritis, kidney disease, and sickle cell anaemia.

A GP explains what a long-term condition is. 

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