Living with a long term condition is a challenge in and of itself. When combined with depression and anxiety, the negative effect on people's health and lifestyle is substantial. It is against this backdrop that the Living Better project was launched in 2008 as a three year, Scottish Government funded research and development initiative to help local primary care services to respond to the mental health needs of people living with long term conditions (LTCs) such as diabetes, coronary heart disease (CHD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The principle aim of the project was to work with primary care health services to improve the way they address mental health and wellbeing - and in particular the detection and management of depression and anxiety among people living with long term conditions across Scotland.
The Living Better project worked within 5 Community Health Partnerships and 7 General Practices across Scotland each addressing specific LTCs including: Western Isles, Angus, North Lanarkshire, South East, Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire.
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(please note that the report is 112 pages long)