Meeting the Challenge of Chronic Illness / Edition 1

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Overview

Chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, and Parkinson disease are the principal cause of all sickness and death in the United States and represent the vast majority of health care expenditures. Although we now live in a world dominated by chronic conditions, health care is still organized around a commitment to treating acute illnesses.

Meeting the Challenge of Chronic Illness examines current deficiencies in chronic illness care and explores ways to improve it. Addressing the challenges of shifting from the primacy of acute illnesses to the predominance of chronic conditions, the authors identify the components necessary to reorganize and reform health care: properly prepared health care workers; involved patients and families; appropriate use of new technologies, especially information systems; an appropriate role for prevention; and the creation of funding approaches that will provide necessary incentives.

This book calls on policy makers, health care providers, and educators to address one of the greatest challenges facing the health care system.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

JAMA - Jennifer L. Wolff

Provides interested readers with a succinct vehicle for becoming conversant on this important topic.

Key Reporter - Germaine Cornelissen

This book provides a much needed assessment of the greatest challenges in health care today.

Gerontologist - Amasa B. Ford

Most appealing to thoughtful academics.

JAMA
Provides interested readers with a succinct vehicle for becoming conversant on this important topic.

— Jennifer L. Wolff

Caregiver

This book is useful for policy makers, health care providers, and educators to address one of the greatest challenges facing the health care system today.

Key Reporter
This book provides a much needed assessment of the greatest challenges in health care today.

— Germaine Cornelissen

Gerontologist
Most appealing to thoughtful academics.

— Amasa B. Ford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801882098
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 716,543
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert L. Kane, M.D., is a professor and the Minnesota Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Reinhard Priester, J.D., is a coordinator in the Division of Health Services Research and Policy of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Annette M. Totten, Ph.D. is director of the Center for the Study of Aging at Boise State University.

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"This book views the issues from the perspectives of the patients and families and of professional caregivers and policy makers. Unlike many discussions of chronic illness care, it considers the entire spectrum of chronic illness, from fully functional individuals trying to control their illness and prevent complications to frail, older people in need of ongoing services. We have needed a thoughtful, comprehensive examination of the evidence and issues in caring for individuals and families with chronic illness. Now we have one."—from the foreword by Edward Wagner, M.D., M.P.H., Director, MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation, Seattle, Washington

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 What's so special about chronic illness care? 3
2 The dimensions of chronic illness 23
3 How the current system fails people with chronic illnesses 44
4 Reorganizing care in the face of chronic illness 65
5 The right health care workers with the right skills 91
6 Patients and families 120
7 Innovative technology 137
8 Prevention 164
9 Paying for chronic care 183
10 The context for reform 199
11 Next steps 212
App. A Why journalists struggle with the chronic illness story 239
App. B Lessons from the United Kingdom 252
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