Disease management, sometimes referred to as Care Continuum, Complete Care or Managing Health, is a system of coordinated health care interventions and communications for those living with conditions in which patient self-care efforts are significant. It is an approach to healthcare that teaches individuals how to manage a chronic disease. Nearly 1 in 2 Americans are living with one or more chronic conditions, which can reduce quality of life. Although chronic diseases are more common among older adults, they affect people of all ages and are now recognized as a leading health concern of the nation. Some common chronic conditions are:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Chronic Pain
- Obesity/Weight Management
Participating in a disease management programs may help patients more effectively manage their symptoms, avoid potential problems of exacerbation or worsening, improve outcomes, and enhance quality of life. To find out more about disease management programs available to you call your healthcare provider.