Do you have multiple chronic conditions? Or are you caring for someone who does? Visit HHS to learn what you can do about it.  Photo by HHS
Do you have multiple chronic conditions? Or are you caring for someone who does? Visit HHS to learn what you can do about it. Photo by HHS
More than one in four Americans has multiple chronic conditions. Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released material specifically for them — and the people who care for them.
Multiple Chronic Conditions Education and Training includes a searchable database of nearly 70 education resources that allows people living with chronic conditions to easily find information that meets their specific needs. Additionally, HHS created a “curriculum” of six separate training modules to match with each person’s role in treating chronic conditions:

  • person- and family-centered care;
  • self-management support;
  • complex care;
  • inter-professional collaboration;
  • coordinated care delivery; and
  • a systems-based “team approach,” incorporating health IT and shared decision-making.

“With an aging population and advances in modern medicine, there will be more and more people living with multiple chronic conditions in the future,” Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Anand Parekh said in a blog postwith WebMD. “With optimal care coordination, it will be possible to enjoy a high quality of life.”
Added Acting Administrator of Health Resources and Services Administration Jim Macrae in a statement: “Underserved and vulnerable populations are disproportionately at risk for living with multiple chronic conditions, and educating the health care workforce to manage these multiple conditions at once is critical to improving health outcomes nationwide.”
Visit HHS online to learn more about management of multiple chronic conditions, including a “day in the life” video for people living with them.