Category archives for Volume 6 Issue 1

Assessing the implementation of the family care team in the district health system of health region 2, Thailand

family care

Authors: Kitreerawutiwong, Nithra; Mekrungrengwong, Sunsanee; Wongwonsin, Artitaya; Phetphum, Chakkraphan Background: The family care team (FCT) was established to improve the quality of care. This study aimed to explore the perceptions of FCT implementation and describe the challenges inherent in implementing the FCT. Methods: Forty in-depth interviews were conducted. The interviewees consisted of five primary care managers in the […]

A qualitative exploration of GPs’ perspectives on managing chronic nonspecific musculoskeletal pain in Australian general practice ‐ a focus group study

Geographic and health system correlates of interprofessional oral health practice

Authors: Gaikwad, Manasi; Vanlint, Simon; Aylward, Paul; Stocks, Nigel Objective: Chronic nonspecific musculoskeletal pain (CNMP) is a complex idiopathic condition that causes significant disruption to patients’ lives, their relationships, and functionality. The cause of CNMP is not fully understood, which makes diagnosis and management challenging. As general practitioners (GPs) are central to the management of chronic pain, their perspectives on […]

Type 2 diabetes: Challenges facing GPs


Authors: Huo, Lili; Shaw, Jonathan E. China faces a huge task in managing the large numbers of people with diabetes. Primary care is at the forefront of this challenge, and needs to begin to adopt some of the management and organizational approaches that have been shown to be successful in tackling diabetes and similar chronic diseases. DOI: […]

Chronic disease in a digital health environment

digital health

Author: Pearce, Christopher Although we know that there are benefits to individual patients from electronic data, the next potential, and potentially the biggest, benefit will come from the technologies known as big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Harnessing the potential of computers to sift through large amounts of data will result in the possibility of generating insights into […]

Offshore teaching in chronic disease management: The Monash-Shenzhen experience

disease management

Authors: Piterman, Leon; Yang, Hui; Blashki, Grant The important role of GPs and the high prevalence and burden of chronic disease in China have been discussed in other articles in this series, so there is no need to reiterate this background here. This article deals with the pedagogy of chronic disease management as presented to cohorts of Chinese […]

Chronic heart failure: Role of the GP in management

heart failure

Authors: Piterman, Leon; Yang, Hui; Yin, Zhaoxia The commonest cause of chronic heat failure in China is ischemic heart disease, followed by hypertension and valvular heart disease. Echocardiography is essential in establishing a diagnosis as well as helping to identify a cause and to monitor progress. Management includes nonpharmacological as well as pharmacological treatment, and self-care with careful […]

Chronic non-communicable disease

chronic non communicable disease

Authors: Piterman, Leon; Yang, Hui Non-communicable disease (NCD), including chronic and at times complex disease has overtaken communicable or infectious disease as the number one cause of illness, disability and death globally. Whilst this has been the case for decades in developed countries, NCD is also emerging as the major health problem in developing countries. There are […]

Special Edition – Management of Chronic Diseases

Professor Leon Piterman

Family Medicine and Community Health February 2018, Volume 6, Number 1 Special Edition – Management of Chronic Diseases The theme of this edition is very timely as the world in general, and China in particular, confront the growing epidemic of chronic non- communicable disease (NCD). Whilst the fight against infectious disease is never over, around […]