Reviews Book

Meeting the Challenge of Chronic Illness

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7550.1159-a (Published 11 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1159
  1. Timothy P Daaleman (tim_daaleman@med.unc.edu), associate professor
  1. Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States

    My grandfather once remarked that getting old and living with a chronic illness wasn't so bad, when you consider the alternative. His wry resignation captures perfectly the sentiment of many of my older patients, an attitude that I find increasingly shared by other stake-holders in chronic illness care, such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and administrators. Meeting the Challenge of Chronic Illness seeks to shake us from our collective acquiescence by sounding an alarm to the coming crisis of a population that is ageing with chronic illness, a care system that is marked by disparate …

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