How to help patients live well with chronic disease

A diagnosis of long-term illness can profoundly impact a patient's perception of who they are
Dr Peter Baldwin Dr Vered Gordon
Oxygen chronic disease respiratory

Chronic disease management comprises a significant proportion of primary care workload, accounting for around one in three general practice consultations.1

The long-term nature of chronic disease requires a shift in approach by GPs, with the emphasis moving from the immediate concerns of the person on the day, to a longer-term partnership that addresses the challenges of the condition over time.