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In the UK, more than 15 million people are currently living with at least one chronic condition and this number is expected to continue to rise.1 To cope with the complex needs of these people, the current Five Year Forward View for the NHS in England envisages proactively targeting services at, and working much more intensively with such individuals.2 A similar drive exists in the other UK nations.

 

As the management of chronic conditions continues to evolve, healthcare professionals require awareness of current guidelines for best clinical practice, insights from recent trials and clinical evidence, and practical guidance on how to assess and manage individual cases. At the same time, there is a growing awareness that individual conditions cannot be treated in isolation – instead, care should be focused on addressing multimorbidity.3

 

In response to these needs, OmniaMed has developed the Chronic Conditions initiative. This website comprises a vast range of expert-led webcasts and podcasts designed to address the complex and challenging interplay between co-existing morbidities. The content focuses on eight common chronic disease areas: addiction; cardiovascular; diabetes; mental health and dementia; musculoskeletal; oncology; renal; and respiratory. Over time, as new developments in diagnostic and therapeutic options arise and medical expert opinions progress, the website content will be updated and expanded to reflect current best practice.

 

The site is owned and managed by OmniaMed Communications Ltd, a publishing, events and medical education company specialising in providing high-quality educational materials for healthcare professionals working in the field of diabetes.

References

  1. Department of Health (2012) Long Term Conditions Compendium of Information (3rd edition). Available at: http://bit.ly/1EDaTxA (accessed January 2017).
  2. NHS (2014) Five Year Forward View. Available at: http://bit.ly/1IvuwY5 (accessed January 2017).
  3. Barnett K et al. (2012) Lancet 380: 37–43.
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