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Wales gets long-term conditions research boost

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Swansea University has been given approval to establish of a research centre on the management of long-term conditions.

The centre will form part of its Institute for Health Research. Institute head Professor Ceri Phillips said the centre would help develop an ‘evidence base to underpin policy initiatives and programmes in relation to the management of long-term chronic conditions across Wales and further afield’.

Dr Gareth Noble, who has bee appointed as director of the new centre, said: ‘The centre aims to stimulate and support high quality research that will primarily benefit people living with a long-term or chronic condition, including carers and family members.

‘Wales has a higher proportion of reported limiting long-term illness compared with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland with a third of adults reported of having at least one chronic condition,’ he added.

The centre will focus on research priorities highlighted by patient representative organisations and the Welsh Assembly, which has made chronic disease management a policy priority. These include health promotion and prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management and the promotion of independence leading to improvements in care.

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