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Self-management courses improve quality of life for people with long-term conditions

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People with long-term conditions who attend self-management courses have a significantly improved quality of life, latest research suggests.

A recent UK survey of 40 people with long-term conditions found that 75% of those who attended a self-management course, run by the Expert Patients Programme, felt more positive about their situation.

The survey also revealed that 78% felt they were managing their feelings better, 60% were coping with pain better, and more than half were becoming less frustrated with the symptoms of their illness.

The survey also showed improved communications between patients and healthcare staff, with 71% of those surveyed saying they were more willing to say exactly what they wanted from clinicians after attending a course.

The six week courses – run by the Expert Patients Programme Community Interest Company (EPP CIC) and funded by local PCTs – offer a tool-kit of techniques aimed at supporting people living with long-term conditions by providing them with greater control over their condition and increasing their confidence.

They are open to anyone with a long-term condition – from diabetes to depression - and are free of charge.

EPP CIC also run courses for carers, a persistent pain programme, and workshops for teenagers with long-term conditions and mental health patients.

For more information go to www.expertpatients.co.uk

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