Study aims to tackle long-term health conditions in the West Midlands


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Posted on 30 November 2017

Researchers from Keele University are looking for people across the West Midlands to take part in a study which aims to better understand the impact of long-term health conditions on a person’s everyday life.  

Long-term health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis and hypertension are becoming increasingly common as more people are living longer. According to the Department of Health   these conditions account for 50 per cent of GP appointments. Treatment for these conditions is estimated to cost £7 of every £10 spent on health and social care expenditure.

Keele University has built an international reputation in this field of research, working closely with healthcare organisations and patients. As part of the ‘HILL’ study, patients from nine GP practices across the West Midlands will be asked to complete a short health survey.  

Dr Ross Wilkie, who is leading the study, commented: “The World Health Organisation and Public Health England are urging us all, to better understand the cause and impact of long term health conditions, and this study is one step in exploring this. Researchers, clinicians and healthcare organisations recognise the urgent need to improve health care that these patients receive, ensuring a better quality of life.”

“Patients completing this survey will help us gain this understanding, and the more surveys completed, the better picture we’ll get. This will then allow better planning of health services that will improve care and quality of life for all. It will also help us to identify targets for the prevention of the long term conditions in the first place.”

Dr Mark Porcheret, Clinical Research Lead for Primary Care at the Clinical Research Network West Midlands added: “Over 11,000 people have already participated in a similar study in North Staffordshire, and we are now inviting patients from a number of general practices in the West Midlands to take part. Participating in this wider study will help the Keele team understand how people across the West Midlands are affected.”

For further details about the study, please visit the website; keele.ac.uk/hillstudy.


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