Expert Patients Programmes make people more positive

Three-quarters of people living with long-term health conditions who have attended Expert Patients Programmes (EPP) feel more positive about their situation and more than half feel they are better at getting what they want from healthcare professionals.

The survey, commissioned by the EPP community interest company, showed 75% of those people asked felt more positive and 78.4% felt that they were managing their feelings better as a result of attending a free EPP course.

People living with long-term conditions significantly improved their relations with healthcare professionals and were more likely to speak out (61%) and be more willing to say exactly what they wanted (71%).

Simon Knighton, EPP chief executive, said: ‘This research clearly shows the very real benefits people living with long-term conditions can gain by simply attending one of the many varied free courses we run across England.’

40 people took part in the survey. EPP looks after people with conditions including arthritis and asthma.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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