There is an increased incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases and conditions worldwide. People with chronic disease are more likely to attend their General Practitioner, to present at Emergency Departments, to be admitted as inpatients and to spend more time in hospital, than people without such conditions.
Chronic Disease Management Programmes will shift the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, heart failure, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from hospitals to the community.
The HSE is developing integrated chronic disease management programmes to improve patient access and to manage patient care in an integrated manner across service settings, resulting in best health outcomes, enhanced clinical decision making and the most effective use of resources.
Click here to read about the National Integrated Care Diabetes Programme and the National Clinical Programme for Asthma.