The Role of Primary Care Physicians in the Management of Chronic Disease States

The Role of Primary Care Physicians in the Management of Chronic Disease States

by Shearly (SU)
Do you have a chronic condition? If you do, you’re not alone. Up to 45% of all Americans have been diagnosed with at least one chronic illness, and most of them take at least one medication for hypertension, high cholesterol, or diabetes. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 11% of Americans and up to 40% of those 60 years old and older take 5 or more medications daily. Once affected with a chronic illness, you need help to manage the symptoms, to minimize complications, and to stay as healthy as possible. With highly specialized education and training, your primary care physician is your best ally in managing all of your chronic disease states.