What is Chronic Disease Management?
Chronic disease is a long-lasting condition with persistent effects, generally lasting more than three months (unlike an acute illness, such as an infection or injury). These conditions have a complex causality, long development period, prolonged course of illness and associate functional impairment or disability.
Examples of chronic diseases include:
- Musculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis, chronic pain, osteoporosis)
- Respiratory disease (such as asthma, COPD)
- Cardiovascular disease (such as heart disease, hypertension, kidney disease, stroke)
- Mental health conditions (such as depression)
- Autoimmune conditions (such as Crohn disease, rheumatoid arthritis)
- Obesity & weight control
Chronic disease management is the coordinated care between individuals and their health care providers for the ongoing treatment, management and prevention of disease complications.
The objectives of Chronic Disease Management
The ultimate goal of chronic disease management is improved quality of life and better health outcomes. Outcomes can include managing disease complications, slowing the progression of the disease, establishing treatment strategies reverse the disease, and to improve general health.
How CHC Medical achieves these objectives
Chronic disease management may require a team approach to manage your condition. Our doctors follow the RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioner) principles of chronic disease management: care planning, evidence-based practice, patient-centred care, clinical information systems, teamwork and community resources.
Your doctor is at the centre of coordinating the team in the form of screenings, check-ups, monitoring, treatment and patient education. Your doctor works with the support of practice nurses, reception, administrative and management personnel within the medical centre.
At CHC Medical, we strive for excellence in our services, communication and systems to allow our doctors to coordinate the best care for you. We have a comprehensive referral network of Specialist and Allied Health Professionals to assist with your coordinated care, with a range of providers available.