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Self-management of Multiple Health Conditions in People Experiencing Socioeconomic Deprivation

Summary of the project:

Overview - The project explores how socioeconomic status impacts on self-management of long-term conditions (multi-morbidity) and how self-management can be improved. The study comprises of two systematic reviews and a large qualitative study.

Funding and timeline - The project is funded for 18 months by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) and commenced on 1st November 2021.

Problem - Long-term health conditions are one of the biggest challenges to health care with 70% of all health and social care funding going to people with long-term health conditions, including 50% of primary care appointments. People from the lowest socioeconomic status groups have a 60% higher prevalence of having a long-term health condition, a 30% increase in severity of the condition and are twice as likely to have multiple long-term conditions compared with those from the higher socioeconomic groups. There is evidence that self-management interventions have reduced effectiveness in people from low socioeconomic groups and the reasons why this is, or how it can be addressed, has seldom been explored.


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About the Study

This project is an 18 month study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research (SPCR). The study aims to explore how socioeconomic status impacts on self-management of multiple long-term health conditions.

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Get Involved

If you have been diagnosed with two or more long-term health conditions, please take a look at the eligibility criteria and consider taking part in our study. More information can be found here.