The management of chronic disease will be one of the most significant health challenges of the twenty-first century. Driven by demographics and aided, ironically, by our past successes in treating acute health problems, the number of people with chronic conditions is rising dramatically and will continue to do so. Fortunately creative and passionate people in many countries, including Canada, have been developing new ways to manage chronic disease. This book contains chapters on a wide range of innovative chronic disease management programs found throughout Canada, as well as exemplary programs from the United States and England. These initiatives demonstrate great promise for improvements in health outcomes for those with chronic disease, provided that they can be widely propagated and sustained; the conditions required to achieve this are also discussed. The book will be of interest to policy-makers, health care practitioners, health administrators, and anyone involved with those affected by chronic disease.
Contributors include Dr. Elizabeth Badley (University of Toronto), Juanita Barrett (Dept. of Health and Community Services, St. John's), Dr. Mary Bell (University of Toronto), Elizabeth Bodnar (Group Health Centre, Sault Ste. Marie), Jennifer Boyle (Toronto Western Research Institute), Dr. Brendan Carr (Capital District Health Authority, Halifax), Dr. Ben Chan (Health Quality Council, Saskatoon), Dr. Ann Colbourne (Memorial), Dr. Jafnia Cox (Dalhousie), Dr. David Crookston (Group Health Centre, Sault Ste. Marie), Michel Decter (Health Council of Canada), Sandra Delon (Chronic Disease Management, Calgary), John Dorland (Queen's), Angela Estey (Capital Health, Edmonton), Nadine Henningsen (Canadian Home Care Association), Mike Hindmarsh (Hindsight Healthcare Strategies), Nick Kates (McMaster), Dr. Richard Lewanczuk (Chronic Disease Management, Edmonton), Sydney Lineker (The Arthritis Society), Dr. Art Macgregor, Marg McAlister (Canadian Home Care Association), Mary Ann McColl (Queen's), Patrick McGowan (University of Victoria), Mikki Millar (Leader Medical Clinic, SK), Paul Nyhof (Provincial Health Contact Centre, Winnipeg), Dr. Blair O'Neill (Dalhousie), Dr. Rebecca Rosen (King's Fund, UK), Joshua Seidman (Center for Information Therapy, MD), Marianne Stewart (Capital Health, Edmonton), Claudine Szpilfogel (Research Power Inc., Dartmouth), Shannon Turner (Vancouver Island Health Authority), Michael Vallis (Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax), and Dr. Paul Wallace (Kaiser Permanente, CA).
About the Editors:
John Dorland is assistant professor, Community Health and Epidemiology, Queen's University.
Mary Ann McColl is professor, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, and associate director, Research, Centre for Health Services & Policy Research, Queen's University.