Traditional care offered to chronically ill people does not succeed in bridging the gap between primary and secondary care in a way that suits chronic patients' needs. So-called nurse-led shared care may offer a solution, in which a specialised nurse practitioner plays a co-ordinating role at patient level. In this article two nurse-led shared care models for patients with diabetes mellitus type 2 and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are looked upon through the patient's eye. Joint focus groups are conducted in which patients judge the models according to their experiences and indicate the importance they attribute to quality issues. Most of them experience the shared care models as positive and prefer them compared to traditional care. The main quality aspect concerns the provision of information, although its performance needs improvement. The outcome indicates that the qualitative method of patient focus groups should become standard procedure in evaluating the shared care, supported by quantitative means.