There are three parts to chronic disease—the physical burden of experiencing it, the emotional burden of living with it, and the financial burden of dealing with it. These diseases can affect a patient’s entire family on multiple levels. If you have a chronic disease, chances are high that you are going to need more healthcare services, doctor’s visits, and prescription medication than the average bear.
Disease management programs aim to provide relief to those who live with chronic conditions by improving their quality of life and reducing healthcare costs. Chronic disease management includes empowering patients to prevent or minimalize the symptoms and effects of their conditions through patient education and proactive treatment. While many chronic ailments don’t have known or simple cures, disease management can help prevent the condition from worsening or developing associative conditions.
Chronic diseases and conditions include things such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Back pain
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Psychological disorders (such as clinical depression)
- Many others
Through cooperation and education, patients living with chronic diseases can reclaim their life and their health. The team at Advanced Family Medicine will help you find the right plan of action that address your health concerns and fits into your lifestyle. Have a question about a condition or disease that doesn’t appear on the list above? Contact us. We can help you manage just about anything.