Improving Care For People Living With Chronic Respiratory Conditions

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Chronic Respiratory Conditions

Plans to improve the care and support for people living with chronic respiratory conditions in Wales have been unveiled by Health Minister Edwina Hart.


Research indicates that the burden of respiratory illness is greater for Wales than in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Latest figures suggest that rates of illness resulting from conditions including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and respiratory failure are well above the UK average. These conditions account for one in four deaths in the UK - more than coronary heart disease and non-respiratory cancer - and are responsible for a rising rate of emergency hospital admissions every year in Wales.

Chronic respiratory illnesses are life-long conditions that have a dramatic effect on physical, psychological and social aspects of everyday life.

The new guidance for the health service aims to improve health and well being through: