Care planning in the treatment of long term conditions
|Lead: Peter Bower
University of Manchester
The main aim of care plans is to provide personalised care for patients with long-term conditions. By making care more responsive to the needs and preferences of patients, it is expected that this will improve patient experience, reduce inequalities in care provision, improve outcomes of care, and reduce inefficient care use. Care plans are also expected to have significant benefits for staff (in terms of helping them achieve co-ordinated and patient-centred care) and commissioners (by identifying needs and preferences at an individual level that can be used to support macro-level commissioning).
The overarching aim of the project is to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the implementation and outcomes of care planning in the NHS. The research questions to be answered by the project are clustered around three themes:
(a) The definition of care planning
(i) What are the key ingredients of care plans, and of the care planning process?
(b) The process of care planning
(i) How is care planning undertaken in current practice?
(c) The outcomes of care planning
(i)What are the advantages and disadvantages of care planning?
This study will include reviews of the literature; analysis of data on care plans from the General Practice Patient Survey; interviews with patients and professionals about their experiences of care planning; and a cohort study of patients with long-term conditions to examine outcomes of care planning.
updated: 13 August 2013
Design: C Rivett-Carnac