What is chronic disease management?
Chronic disease management helps you stay healthier and enjoy your life to the full when you live with one or more long-term health conditions.
Your provider at Premier NW Houston Medical Group develops a personalized care plan for you with regular checkups and tests. They also coordinate your care with any specialists you might be under and arrange additional treatments like physical therapies and counseling.
Learning to manage your health problems – for example, keeping your blood sugar well-regulated if you have diabetes – means you're less likely to suffer from the often severe and painful complications such diseases can cause.
It also makes a significant difference in your life if you can learn how to live with and minimize chronic pain. These are all benefits of taking part in a chronic disease management program.
What are chronic diseases?
Chronic diseases could include any condition that lasts for several months, but quite often, chronic diseases last for years. A great many are incurable, so you have to live with them for the rest of your life. Some of the chronic diseases the Premier NW Houston Medical Group sees most often are:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Chronic pain conditions
- Alzheimer's disease
- Heart disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Long-term or incurable infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS
With careful chronic disease management, even when you have more than one of these conditions, you could live for a long time.
What might be in my chronic disease management plan?
A chronic disease management plan is something you and your provider at Premier NW Houston Medical Group work on together, to ensure it contains all the right information and recommends the most appropriate treatments for you.
Factors that can influence what's in your chronic disease management plan include:
- Your age
- Medical history
- Family history
- Genetic predispositions
- Whether you smoke tobacco
- How much alcohol you drink
- The work you do and other responsibilities
- The stresses and complications in your life
- Comorbidities (the other diseases you have)
Your chronic disease management plan lays out the recommended treatments for your conditions and a schedule of testing and reviews. This detailed approach to your care ensures that the plan is kept up-to-date and responsive to your changing needs.