Background Information on Chronic Disease

Chronic diseases such as heart failure, cancer, diabetes, chronic arthritis and kidney failure affect one in 10 adults, leading to major limitations in daily living. Chronic disease accounts for 70% of deaths in North America, consumes a disproportionate amount of health care resources and results in untold amounts of human suffering. Kidney disease is a common form of chronic disease.

There are generally-accepted, but not widely-implemented, Principles of Chronic Disease Management. These focus, among other things, on patient education and patient accountability.