Choose a patient in practice with a Long Term condition-Type 1 diabetes.
Consider the holistic implications on their life:
.Physical, psychological, social, sexual, spiritual etc
Consider the sense of wellbeing and the total lived experience.
Set the scene for the reader, identify patient (acknowledge confidentiality). Why is the LTC of importance? Vital stats. What is your aim?
E.g Type 1 diabetes accounts for almost 57000 death each year in the under 75 s according to the Department of Health (2008) and this group of patients are the most intensive users of high cost services.
Background to LTC-Type 1 diabetes
brief introduction to the patient and their LTC
Discuss the pathophysiology of the condition. If you are going to discuss a disabling aspect of the condition it may be worth explaining the link to pathophysiology here.
Identify the impact the LTC-Type 1 diabetes has on the patient from a holistic perspective.
The focus doesn t have to be negative you can discuss some positive coping strategies/behaviours.
There should be some reference to national initiatives and policy relating to you chosen LTC and linked to the care they are receiving.
Discuss the carer s involvement in the patients journey.
Consider what life is like for your patient.
350 words: Summarise your key points and the main implications on the patient s life and wellbeing.
Don t introduce anything new here.
Conclude on your main findings
Keep it brief
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