Chronic Disease Management
Ensuring that you maintain a healthy lifestyle and well-balanced diet is one aspect of preventing disease. You won't always know what is going on inside of your body and your doctor can ensure that any necessary tests and examinations are conducted if you're concerned about anything.
This also involves the management of chronic diseases. Typically, chronic diseases are long-lasting, and have persistent effects. Chronic diseases can range from mild conditions, such as short-sightedness, dental decay and minor hearing loss, to debilitating arthritis and low back pain, and to life-threatening heart disease and cancers.
One example of chronic disease is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious, progressive and disabling condition that limits airflow to your lungs. It includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The symptoms often involve shortness of breath and frequent coughing. The main cause is active smoking or exposure to smoking, although some people with COPD have never smoked in their lives. Similarly, asthma is also a type of chronic disease of the airways.
To best manage the associated symptoms of chronic disease, our doctors and nurses put together a tailored GP Management Plan (GPMP or Care Plan) or Team Care Arrangement (TCA).
Your participation in your management plan is vital to ensure that you get the best results for your overall health and quality of life.