IPCHS. Integrated People-Centred Health Services



Fifteen years ago, the term multimorbidity rarely appeared in chronic disease health care policies. Today, research has revealed very high rates of multimorbidity, leading to it being labeled the number one challenge in developed countries. Paradoxically, chronic disease prevention and management (CDPM) programs of integrated care have popped up in all health care systems but they mainly follow a single-disease approach in their interventions. In this article, we define CDPM programs broadly as any interventions intended to improve care for patients with chronic diseases and risk factors; these are added to usual care and are typically delivered by a team.