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Acute and Chronic Care

Acute and Chronic Care

Acute care is concerned with treatment for short term or severe illness of brief duration such as the common cold, ear/throat/urine infections, the FLU, COVID and minor injuries. Chronic care refers to medical care which addresses pre-existing or long-term illness Chronic medical conditions include asthma, diabetes, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, congestive heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, hypertension and depression. Without effective treatment chronic conditions may lead to disability.

Conditions, injuries and diseases which were previously fatal can now be treated with chronic care. Chronic care aims to maintain wellness by keeping symptoms in remission while balancing treatment regimes and quality of life. Many of the core functions of primary health care are central to chronic care.