Improving Chronic Illness Care was a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation dedicated to the idea that United States health could do better.
At last count, over 145 million people - nearly half the population - suffer from asthma, depression and other chronic conditions. Almost 48 million Americans reported a disability related to chronic illness. 25% of U.S. adults have multiple chronic conditions, and the percentage of adults with 2 or more chronic conditions increases with age. Among older adults, 43% have 3 or more illnesses and 23% have more than five.
We believe that people can lead better, healthier lives. Providers who care for chronically ill patients can be better supported with evidence-based guidelines, specialty expertise, and information systems. Overall health care costs can be lowered through better care delivery.
We still believe that all of this is possible by transforming what is currently a reactive health care system into one that keeps its patients as healthy as possible through planning, proven strategies and management.