Members of the Blue Cottage team recently prepared an infographic that illustrates best practices for addressing chronic disease.
The current health system is designed for acute care, and yet much of the growth in healthcare demands is in chronic illness. Chronic illness may trigger acute care needs when the illness is not managed well. A system needs to be designed that can optimize the health status of those living with chronic illness today while working to reduce the incidence and prevalence of chronic illness tomorrow. The ‘system’ change required to do this goes beyond healthcare and well into community, employers, education, and nutrition sources.