Achieving a balanced life in the face of chronic illness

Yun Hee Jeon*, Tanisha Jowsey, Laurann Yen, Nicholas J. Glasgow, Beverley Essue, Marjan Kljakovic, Carmen Pearce-Brown, Masoud Mirzaei, Tim Usherwood, Stephen Jan, Stefan G. Kraus, Clive Aspin

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The increasing prevalence of chronic disease is a driver of health system reform in most economically advanced nations. A consistent theme within these reforms is building greater patient-centredness into the health care delivery. This study aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the experience of patients and family carers affected by chronic illness that will be the basis on which to propose policy and health system interventions that are patient-centred. Participants struggled with the ongoing tasks of balancing their lives with the increasing demands and intrusion of chronic illness. Their attempts to achieve a balance were seriously hampered by fragmented services, complexity in navigating health services, relationships with health professionals and others, and co-morbidity. Future policy directions include designing models of care and infrastructure that enable patients and their family carers to balance life and illness, and aligning patient-centred care not only within health services but also with community and social support services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-74
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


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