Chronic Medical Care

What is a chronic condition?

There are many definitions of "chronic condition," some more expansive than others. We characterize it as any condition that requires ongoing adjustments by the affected person and interactions with the health care system.

The prevalence is rising

2005 data showed that more than 133 million people, or almost half of all Americans, live with a chronic condition. 1 That number is projected to increase by more than one percent per year by 2030, resulting in an estimated population of 171 million requiring chronic disease management.

Management of multiple chronic conditions requires a transformation in health care

Almost half of all people with chronic illness have multiple conditions. As a result, many managed care and integrated delivery systems have taken a great interest in correcting the many deficiencies in current management of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, asthma and others.

Those deficiencies include:

  • Rushed practitioners not following established practice guidelines
  • Lack of care coordination and planned care
  • Lack of active follow-up to ensure the best outcomes
  • Patients inadequately trained to manage their illnesses

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