Long Term Physical Health Condition


A Long Term Physical Health Condition  is a PATIENT DIAGNOSIS.

For the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set, a Long Term Physical Health Condition (also known as a Chronic Condition) is:

  • A health problem that requires ongoing management over a period of years or decades

  • One that cannot currently be cured but can be controlled with the use of medication and/or other therapies.

This includes a wide range of health conditions including:

  • Non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer and cardiovascular disease)

  • Communicable diseases (e.g. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) / Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS))

  • Certain mental disorders (e.g. schizophrenia, depression) and

  • Ongoing impairments in structure (e.g. blindness, joint disorders).

Examples of Long Term Physical Health Conditions include:

  • Diabetes

  • Cardiovascular (e.g. Hypertension, Angina)

  • Chronic Respiratory (e.g. Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD))

  • Chronic Neurological (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis)

  • Chronic Pain (e.g. Arthritis)

  • Other Long Term Conditions (e.g. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Cancer) etc.


Also Known As

This NHS business definition is also known by these names:

Context Alias
Also known as Chronic Condition
Plural Long Term Physical Health Conditions