Chronic Disease Management
Chronic disease management refers to a variety of models to improve patient care for individuals affected by chronic disease.
Chronic diseases typically require ongoing medical care and may limit activities of daily living. Examples include diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases, mood disorders, and asthma. Chronic diseases impact all countries, with increasing prevalence due to several factors (e.g., increased life expectancy, treatment advances, and changes in lifestyle behaviors; Bauer et al. 2014). In the USA, approximately half of the population is living with at least one chronic disease. More than one in four Americans have multiple concurrent chronic conditions, and various subgroups, including people of racial and/or ethnic minority groups and low socioeconomic status, are often disproportionately affected by these conditions (Ward et al. 2014). Historically, primary care practices were designed for the...
References and Further Reading
- Singh, D. (2008). How can chronic disease management programmes operate across care settings and providers? Copenhagen: World Health Organization.Google Scholar