A report for the Long Term Medical Conditions Alliance has concluded that earlier diagnosis and improved referral to specialists would have the greatest impact on the quality of life for people with chronic conditions. The report, based on a survey of LMCA members and other organisations, also says primary care is 'improving', but some patients are still given little information.

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