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Chronically Sick

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for the statement that the prevalence of long-term conditions across the country correlates with a range of factors that includes age and deprivation as referred to on page 24 of his Department's White Paper, Pharmacy in England, Cm 7341, with what other factors long-term conditions have been correlated; and if he will make a statement. (255444)

Evidence that the relative prevalence of long-term conditions across England is linked to age and deprivation is available from the Healthcare Commission’s local health services survey along with a number of other surveys. There is no single factor that explains prevalence, rather there are a number of factors correlated to variations in prevalence across England: age and deprivation are most significant and linked to this is socio-economic status and lifestyle choices.