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Quality of life, Patient health management: a promising paradigm in Canadian healthcare

American Journal of Managed Care

Author: Montague, T., Sidel, J., Erhardt, B., Nakhle, G., Caron, L., Croteau, D., Kader, M., Haket, J., Skilton, K., McLeod, B.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1997

Abstract:

Disease management, or the focused application of resources to achieve desired health outcomes, began in Canada in 1971 with the introduction of a universal healthcare program and a single government payor. Although relatively unfocused and nonrestrictive by contemporary standards, this program was successful in terms of outcomes. However, it is expensive, and Canada's rapidly aging population is fueling a growing demand for more efficacious medical therapies. As a result, isolated services are being restricted in an effort to reduce costs. As a result of these changes and low prescription and patient compliance rates for efficacious therapies, total system costs have risen, there is a growing concern about deterioration of health outcomes, and stakeholders are dissatisfied. To optimize healthcare outcomes and reduce costs, a new paradigm-patient health management (PHM)--has emerged. With PHM, clinical and cost outcomes are continually measured and communicated to providers in an attempt to promote more efficacious care. PHM also seeks to avoid restrictive practices that are now associated with detrimental health outcomes and increased costs. PHM has proved successful when applied to acute and chronic cardiac disease treatment. It remains untested for most other diseases, but available data suggest that the comprehensive, evidence-based disease and systems management that characterizes PHM is likely to achieve the best health outcomes for the most people at the lowest possible costs.

Further Details

Pages: 1175-82
Volume: 3
Issue: 8
Accession Number: 23.5.03
Keywords: North America, older, health improvement
Reads: 206
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