The report states: "People who are unhealthy or have a limiting long-term illness
tend to be disadvantaged in the labour market and have lower incomes.
Statistics show that 450,000 people in the health authority's catchment area live with a limiting long-term illness
In the North-East, some 41pc of households have at least one person with a limiting long-term illness
; compared to a national average of 33pc.
There were 10.3m people living in private households who reported having a limiting long-term illness
in the UK in 2001.
It also asked questions about any limiting long-term illness
, health problems or disability which limited peoples' daily activities or the work they could do.
As with limiting long-term illness
, urban areas of Stoke, Birmingham and the Black Country had the highest numbers.
Of the 18% who did want to participate, people were most likely to live in Mid Wales, be relatively well-off, volunteer regularly and have a limiting long-term illness
n 18% of adults were being treated for high blood pressure, 14% for arthritis13% for respiratory illness, 12% for back pain, 10% for a heart condition (other than high blood pressure), 9% for mental illness, 5% for diabetes, and 4% for cancer5% of children and 28% of adults report having a limiting long-term illness
"Limiting long-term illness
is evident in all age groups at higher rates than elsewhere in the UK.
In Blaenau Gwent almost a third (32%) of people smoke, and one in three adults in Merthyr Tydfil has a limiting long-term illness
. The area also has the highest proportion of people being treated for high blood pressure (24%), arthritis (20%) and mental illness (13%).
Some 23% of people in Wales report a limiting long-term illness
, compared with 18% in England and 20% in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
'That means health promotion and prevention to maintain the health of the population but also treatment and assessment for those who are ill and we also need to facilitate self-management.': Chronic illness statistics:Three-quarters of people aged over 85 in Wales have a limiting long-term illness
; The most common chronic condition in Wales is arthritis, which affects 14% of the adult population, followed by respiratory conditions (13%) and chronic heart problems (9%);