Chronic Disease Management

Many chronic diseases are preventable so it is important that chronic disease management be a part of a patient’s comprehensive healthcare if they are beginning to show warning signs.

Chronic Disease Management

Chronic disease is on the rise and is now the leading cause of death in adults in the United States.  Many chronic diseases are preventable so it is important that chronic disease management be a part of a patient’s comprehensive healthcare if they are beginning to show warning signs that a chronic disease may develop or if they have an existing chronic disease.  ‘Chronic disease’ is an umbrella term of sorts for a wide variety of diseases. Chronic diseases include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, stroke, cancer, arthritis, respiratory diseases, and more.  Chronic disease is more common than many people realize.  The CDC reports that approximately half of all adults have at least one chronic health condition and 1 in 4 have more than one chronic health condition.

Chronic disease management is an integrated approach to healthcare and managing illness.  What that means is that it begins with education and prevention in the form of screenings, promoting healthy living including diet and physical activity recommendations.  When preventive measures are integrated soon enough, many chronic diseases can be avoided altogether.  If a chronic disease is already present in a patient, our integrated approach to healthcare inlaces managing illness with check-ups, monitoring, treatment coordination, education, and more.  The goal of chronic disease management is to treat and minimize symptoms to maximize quality of life while reducing general healthcare needs such as frequent appointments or hospital visits. We will also equip patients with the tools they need to participate in self-care and self-management of chronic disease.

What to Expect at Your Chronic Disease Management Appointment:

  • A comprehensive look at environmental influences and factors such as your diet, physical activity, exposures and more.
  • An examination of personal and family health history including an examination of hormones, digestion, allergies, immune system function, family history of illness and disease, and more.
  • Patient education including physical activity recommendations and nutritional counseling.
  • Development of chronic disease management strategy to include addressing symptoms, managing pain, medication, and specialist recommendation if necessary.

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