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Chronic disease self-management: improving health outcomes.

Nodhturft V, Schneider JM, Hebert P, Bradham DD, Bryant M, Phillips M, Russo K, Goettelman D, Aldahondo A, Clark V, Wagener S. Chronic disease self-management: improving health outcomes. The Nursing Clinics of North America. 2000 Jun 1; 35(2):507-18.

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Chronic disease has become pandemic in the United States, and estimates are that it will affect 148 million people by the year 2030. Patients with chronic illnesses cost the health care system over three times more than individuals without chronic conditions. The US Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) Sunshine HealthCare Network, composed of VA health care facilities in Florida and Puerto Rico, recognized that the needs of its increasing number of veterans with chronic diseases were unmet by traditional medical interventions. The Network implemented a chronic disease self-management pilot program to evaluate its value for the veteran population. Results of the pilot indicate that this program will make a positive, lasting change in the health status and quality of life for veterans with chronic disease.

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