Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
An important part of good patient care is to promote healthy behaviors in patients. This includes identifying unhealthy habits and supporting patients as they make changes to improve them. This means attending to behaviors like smoking/tobacco use, alcohol use, diet, and exercise. It also means helping patients with existing chronic conditions to best manage their condition through education, support, and other means. Chronic conditions commonly treated in primary care include diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, COPD, asthma, and CHF.
The Department of Family Medicine has an active program of research focused on facilitating practices developing effective and efficient ways to help their patients maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Examples of current studies that explore this topic.