Chronic Disease Management provides care to patients with chronic disease. Some examples of chronic diseases are:
- Congestive heart failure
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- High Blood Pressure
Teams of medical professionals are being made available in physicians offices or at local hospitals to assist patients living with chronic disease to optimize their health and well being. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, physiotherpay, occupational therpay, mental health and respiratory therapists provide education on health management and work with patients to help them achieve their health goals. Educational classes are offered through the Living Well Program, provided by Alberta Health Services. Classes are offered in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), cholesterol management and healthy eating. Sessions are typically 2 to 2.5 hours long. These programs are free to adults. You can call toll free to a central number to book for a session offered in your community. The central number is 1-877-349-5711.
Nurses working in the physician's offices work closely with patients to help inform them about their chronic condition, and to teach patients ways to manage their own health. Together nurse and patient work to help the patient reach certain targets or goals to decrease further risks of complicatons.