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Managing chronic disease—round 2

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 16 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1486

The 26 February 2000 issue of the BMJ was devoted to management of chronic disease. With grant support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation we will publish two more theme issues on this topic, one in October 2001 and another in 2002.

In our call for papers for the 2000 theme issue1 we invited submission of papers in the following areas:

  • Clinical management of specific chronic conditions (asthma, diabetes, etc)

  • Care of patients with multiple chronic conditions and frail elderly people

  • Practice based interventions that address chronic disease care—(1);for example informatics strategies patient education

  • System level strategies to improve the delivery of care for chronic illness

  • Disease prevention and risk reduction in people with chronic illness

  • The integration of chronic disease management into primary care.

Those topics are also suitable for our 2001 issue. But to that list we add another subject of interest: the economics of chronic disease management. In other words, is investment in chronic disease improvement (for example, hiring nurse case managers) a good one?

Our sister publication in the United States, WJM—(1);western journal of medicine, will also publish a theme issue in October 2001, which will address:

  • Managing the mental health aspects of chronic disease

  • The physical health status of people with chronic mental illness

  • Managing chronic illnesses—(1);physical and mental—(1);in a cross-cultural context.

Another theme issue will follow in 2002. The February 2000 issue of WJM was devoted to chronic disease management (

We are happy to consider reports from any part of the world and welcome original research, editorials, educational articles, debate pieces, and rigorous review articles. All manuscripts will go through the usual peer review process, and the deadline for submission is 16 March 2001.

Ed Wagner wagner.e{at} of the Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Seattle, and Ron Davis (rdavis1{at}, North American editor of the BMJ, will serve as guest co-editors of the theme issues.

Trish Groves (tgroves{at} will be the in-house editor coordinating work on them.


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