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Chronic illness is increasing in all countries and comes at significant human, social and economic cost. A chronic illness is an illness that is long term with persistent effects that impact on a person’s quality of life with human, social and financial consequences for the individual and their family (AIHW, 2011; WHO, 2014). Diabetes is one of a number of common chronic conditions that include cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic kidney disease, longer-term mental heath conditions, respiratory diseases (such as asthma) and musculoskeletal conditions (including arthritis). While there are differences in the types and severity of chronic illness, they do share some similar characteristics. These include: being persistent over a long period of time cycles of long periods of stability and relative wellness not able to be completely cured requiring some form of ongoing management, including medications and/or modifications to lifestyle and daily activities. Chronic illness can be complex and varied, and range from mild conditions such as short-sightedness or minor hearing loss, to more debilitating conditions such as arthritis or back pain, and life-threatening conditions such as Continue reading >>

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