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Bridging the empathy gap – We Are Undefeatable

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We Are Undefeatable's public consultation

Bridging the empathy gap - We Are Undefeatable

We are Undefeatable has released a report highlighting an ‘empathy gap’ existing between people with long-term health conditions and those who support them.

The report follows a public consultation last year, where insight was gathered from more than 2,000 people, including those living with health conditions, their carers, friends and families, and those with a professional interest in this area.

A key focus was looking at why people with long-term health conditions may not be active.

Research conducted showed that many participants with long-term health conditions were being held back due to pain, followed by lack of energy/ feeling too tired, and physical limitations, while healthcare professionals assumed it was due to motivation and mindset, or cost.

Another insight from the research was that while many turn to the healthcare system for guidance on getting active, the NHS cannot adequately address their needs by itself.

However, while family, friends and carers are seen to be a key source of enablement, there exists a confidence gap where many feel ill-equipped and fear ‘making things worse’.

In terms of resources to support more activity, people with long-term health conditions responded well to the idea of easy to access workouts appropriate to their capabilities, combined with inspiration they can relate to. 

Professional audiences revealed a strong appetite for informational resources but the nature of what was relevant varied by sector.

You can read the full report here.

 

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