Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 18(3) October 2015 : 43-48.doi:10.12927/hcq.2015.24432
Caring For Complex Patients

A Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Corridor© Approach to Supporting System-Level Transformations for Chronic Conditions

Tara Sampalli, Erin Christian, Lynn Edwards and Ashley Ryer

Abstract

Improving care for chronic conditions requires system-level transformations to ensure multiple levels of adoption and sustainability of the implemented improvements. These comprehensive solutions require transformations and supports at various levels, leadership and process changes at service/program level. Recognizing the importance of an organization-wide strategy to mitigate the growing issue of chronic disease prevention and management, a novel system-level approach has been developed in a district health authority in Nova Scotia, Canada. In this paper, the contextual factors and efforts that led to the conceptual framework of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Management (CDPM) "Corridor©" to management of chronic conditions are discussed. The CDPM Corridor© essentially constitutes a system-level redesign process; common elements, tools and resources; and a hub of supports for chronic disease prevention and management. The CDPM Corridor© will include a toolkit to guide the implementation of the proposed transformations.

 

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